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.

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During the war ... Washington thought his way to federalism, long before a Federalist Party existed. He believed in a strong central government, supreme over the states; a strong financial system on the British model, with taxes to fund its debt; a flourishing commerce to create prosperity (and to train seamen for a powerful navy, which would in turn protect shipping); and a strong military. And most officers came out of the experience of the Revolution with the same views.

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