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John Marshall House

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  • 818 E. Marshall St, Richmond, VA 23219
  • (804) 648-7998

This large two story brick house located in the heart of Richmond 's fashionable 19th century "Court End" district was home to John Marshall and his wife Polly, and their family from 1790 until his death in 1835.
Marshall is best known as the "Great Chief Justice" for his role in creating the modern Supreme Court. He served from 1801 until his death in 1835 and his influential decisions such as Marbury v. Madison helped shaped the principle of judicial review. Marshall was a true Founding Father, serving in local, state and national government as well as the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of the United States Government. He was also well known locally as a leading member of Richmond society and a gracious and jovial host.
Listed on the National and Virginia historic registers, the John Marshall House has undergone remarkably few changes since Marshall's lifetime. The property remained in the Marshall family until 1911 when it was sold to the City of Richmond. Orginally slated for destruction in order to make way for the John Marshall High School, the house was saved by local preservationists. Preservation Virginia has operated the John Marshall House as a museum since 1913 and is celebrating a century of preservation.
Located in the heart of Richmond's bustling downtown, the Marshall House is walking distance from the Virginia State Capitol, the Library of Virginia, and the Valentine Richmond History Center. Visitors to the site can enjoy a guided tour of the house including a remarkable collection of original furnishings, take a stroll through the colorful garden, visit the museum shop, or even try their hand at the game of quoits (John Marshall's favorite game).

General
  • Hours (General Information): The John Marshall House is open by appointment only for the months of January and February. March through December Hours Friday and Saturday: 10am - 5pm Sunday: 12pm - 5pm
  • Attraction Fee: Preservation Virginia Members: Free Adults: $8 AAA Adults: $7 Senior (55 plus): $6 Children Under 18: $4 Students With ID: $4 Children 3 and under: Free Court End Passport: includes admission to the John Marshall House, The Valentine Richmond History Center, Wickham House, and the Black History Museum & Cultural Center of Virginia. Good for one year from activation. Adults: $10 Senior (55 plus): $10 Students/Children 4-18: $10 Children 3 and under: Free Groups of 10 or more: email johnmarshallhouse@preservationvirginia.org for group tour details
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  • Parking: None

Summer Open House Evening

May 29, 2014
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Join us for an evening discussion and tour our new Fall installation focusing on Marshall politics and legal career. Reception to follow. more »

Richmond’s Federal Furniture: A Behind the Scenes Tour with Ronald Hurst

June 05, 2014
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The John Marshall House is home to the largest collection of Richmond made Federal furnishings. Many of these pieces belonged to John Marshall and his family and are original to the house. On Thursday, June 5th, we are honored to offer a special behind the scenes tour of the John Marshall House, led by Ronald Hurst, Vice... more »

Fall Open House Salon

August 28, 2014
Venue: John Marshall House
Phone: 804-648-7998
Location: Downtown
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Join us for an evening discussion and tour our new Fall installation focusing on Marshall politics and legal career. Reception to follow. more »

Happy Birthday Judge Marshall

September 20, 2014
Venue: John Marshall House
Phone: 804-648-7998
Location: Downtown
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The most influential man never to be president” was born on September 24, 1755, 259 years ago! Join us for FREE tours and discussions on some of Marshall landmark cases that shaped our young government. There will also be birthday cake for all our visitors! more »

A Court End Christmas at the John Marshall House

December 14, 2014
Venue: John Marshall House
Phone: 804-648-7998
Location: Downtown
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Enjoy FREE admission to The John Marshall House and participate, once again in Richmond's longest running Christmas Open House tradition. A complimentary shuttle circulates among all sites participating in the event. Event is rain, snow or shine! more »