John Marshall House


The Marshall House in Richmond, Virginia

  • The property remains within the Marshall family until 1907, when the City of Richmond purchases it.
  • It is slated for destruction (to make way for a high school), but is saved by local preservationists.
  • In 1960 the house is declared a National Historic Landmark.
  • In 2005, in recognition of more than 80 years of stewardship — and in honor of the 250th anniversary of John Marshall’s birth — the City of Richmond deeds the house to Preservation Virginia.

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This Federal-style brick house, built in 1790, was where the great Chief Justice and his family lived for 45 years until his death in 1835.

Located in the heart of downtown Richmond, in Historic Court End, guided tours take visitors through the two stories to view period rooms, a remarkable collection of original furnishings, and family memorabilia. Includes a landscaped garden in the backyard and a museum shop.

Open limited hours, Fridays and weekends, March through December.

Associated People

The Continental soldier often had to provide his own eating utensils, but on occasion they came as standard issue. Maryland troops, for example, were provided a wooden trencher (plate), and bowl, as well as wooden and pewter spoons. Each man would have his knife, of course; and for quaffing his rum, cider, beer, or whiskey, a horn cup, which was extremely light compared with pewter or ceramic. Officers, as might be expected, had more refined utensils. George Washington’s mess kit, for example, was a very elaborate affair housed in a handsome fourteen-compartment wood chest lined with green wool.

Michael Stephenson
Patriot Battles: How the War of Independence Was Fought (2007)