The John Marshall House
Home to “The Greatest Man Never to be President” for forty-five years.
Marshall is known as the “Definer of the Constitution”
He is credited with turning the Supreme Court into a powerful and respected third branch of government
Visit the meticulously restored house
With the largest collection of Marshall family pieces
And the largest collection of Richmond Federal period furnishings
In the heart of Richmond’s fashionable 19th century “Court End” district, John Marshall and his family lived in this large two story brick house 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 1835 and his influential decisions such as Marbury v. Madison helped shape 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.
The property remained in the Marshall family until 1911 when it was sold to the City of Richmond, but the house was saved from demolition by local preservationists. The John Marshall House has been a museum since 1913 and contains the largest collection of furnishings and memorabilia associated with the Marshall’s family and career. Visitors to the site can enjoy a guided tour of the house including the 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).
The Marshall House is walking distance from the Virginia State Capitol, the Library of Virginia, and the Valentine Richmond History Center.
The John Marshall House is open for tours March through December
|Friday and Saturday:||10am - 5pm|
|Sunday:||12pm - 5pm|
|Preservation Virginia Members:||Free (Become a Member)|
|Children Under 6:||Free|
Groups of ten or more are charged at a rate of $5.00 per person. Group tours are available at any time by arrangements made no less than one week in advance of the visit. The minimum charge for groups on non-scheduled open days is $100.
The John Marshall House is located in Richmond's historic Court End at 818 East Marshall Street. It is within walking distance of both the State Capitol and the Convention Center.
The John Marshall House
P.O. Box 1098
Richmond, VA 23218