John Marshall House

Richmond
VA

The Marshall House in Richmond, Virginia

QUICK FACTS
  • 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.

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The Revolutionary leaders never intended to create an original and peculiar indigenous culture. Despite all their talk of American exceptionalism and American virtue in contrast with European corruption, they were seeking not to cut themselves off from Europe’s cultural heritage but to embrace it and in fact to fulfill it. It is a mistake to view America’s post-Revolutionary emulation of Europe as a legacy of helpless dependence passed on from colonial days. Americans imitated European styles and forms not because in their naïveté they could nothing else but because they wanted to.... Their revolution was very much an international affair, an attempt to fulfill the cosmopolitan dreams of the Enlightenment.

Gordon S. Wood
Empire of Liberty: A History of the Early Republic, 1789–1815 (2009)