The mission of the John Marshall House is to engage the public about the life and legacies of the Great Chief Justice, his Richmond home, and the enslaved people who labored here through historic preservation and education.

Check out our private and digital tour opportunities!

 

John 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. With the largest collection of original Marshall family pieces, guided tours of his home offer an in-depth look at the formation of American government through the lens of the federal judiciary.

Marshall had his home built in Richmond’s historic Court End neighborhood in 1790 and lived there for forty-five years until his death.

The home remained in the Marshall family until the Chief Justice’s granddaughters sold the land to the City of Richmond in 1907. When the City announced plans to demolish the house to build a high school, the leadership of Preservation Virginia protested. In 1911, the house was placed in the care of Preservation Virginia to be restored and opened to the public.

African American History at the John Marshall House

Agnes Spurlock, daughter of Robin Spurlock, enslaved by John Marshall. Image courtesy of the John Marshall Foundation

The Black history connected to the John Marshall House is incredibly rich. It is filled with stories of the families that were built under enslavement, and endured in Richmond’s urban landscape. People like Robin Spurlock, enslaved valet to John Marshall saw the city grow to host the second largest domestic slave market in the country. He witnessed the development of Gabriel’s uprising, and the formation of the American judiciary while he and his wife raised their own three children in slavery.

We are fortunate to have substantial records, first-hand accounts and primary sources that provide glimpses into the lives of the individual enslaved by John Marshall. Though we have only begun to study the history of the Black presence here, we aim to continue to research and build strong relationships with descendants, collect oral histories, and present the individual stories that truly highlight the African American experience here. Moving forward, we hope to continue to be able to provide a detailed context for how these people lived and how they viewed their lives at the Marshall House.

For more in-depth information, and primary source material please email us at johnmarshallhouse@preservationvirginia.org.

Address

818 East Marshall St.
Richmond, VA 23219

Hours

Special May Hours for the John Marshall House

Wednesday: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Thursday: 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Friday: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Sunday: 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

***Private Guided Tours with advanced notice available

The John Marshall House is now open for interior tours, You must select your tour time and purchase tickets online before arriving at the site. Social distancing must be maintained and masks are required for interior tours.

Purchase Tickets Here: Private Tour Tickets

PLAN YOUR VISIT

Plan your visit

Guided Interior Tour

The John Marshall House is now open for interior tours, 

In a 45-minute tour guided by one of our trained educators, you’ll learn about the life and legacy of John Marshall. Engage with your guide and discuss Marshall’s impact on the federal judiciary and the ways those decisions influence us today. PURCHASE TICKETS HERE:  TOUR 

Special Exhibit:

Intended to Endure: The Conservation & Legacy of John Marshall’s Supreme Court Robe

Opening to the public on April 16th and included with general admission

Urban Garden Space

The historic Virginia flower gardens at the John Marshall House display plants found in the colonial gardens of Williamsburg and Yorktown that might have been maintained and enjoyed by the Marshall family.

Day Trip

Turn your visit into a day trip! We’re walking distance from several historic attractions in Richmond’s Court End neighborhood, including the Virginia State Capitol, the Library of Virginia and the Valentine. We also offer a block ticket to our historic site Patrick Henry’s Scotchtown in nearby Hanover County.

Student and Group Tours

Student and Group Tours larger than 6 people can call 804-648-7998 or email education manager, Meika Downey at mdowney@preservationvirginia.org to book.

VISITOR INFO

Hours & Directions

Wednesday: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Thursday: 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Friday: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday: 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

 

African American History at the John Marshall House

We value the Marshall House’s African American community’s history and would love for you to be a part of the process of gathering more information about the Black presence here. If you are a descendant of the Marshall House or a member of the community and would like to share your family’s history or your knowledge of the African American history here, please contact us at johnmarshallhouse@preservationvirginia.org or 804.648.7998

Admission

Pricing

Preservation Virginia MembersFree (Become a member)
General Admission$10
AAA, Senior (60+), Military Discount$9
Students$8
Children Under 6Free

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Contact

For information on pricing and availability:

Inquire about JOHN MARSHALL

 

johnmarshallhouse@preservationvirginia.org
804-648-7998

Tours & Site Rental

Special Exhibit and Tour

Intended to Endure: The Conservation and Legacy of John Marshall’s Supreme Court Robe 

The robe has returned, newly conserved to the John Marshall House. 

Arguably one of our most important objects in our collection is the supreme court robe of Chief Justice John Marshall (1801-1835). This black silk garment is one of the only known examples of early Supreme Court Robes in existence.

John Marshall wore this robe as he presided over thirty-four years of Supreme Court cases. During which time, the Supreme Court was elevated to a co-equal branch of the federal government. Today, the simple black silk robe is a recognizable icon of the American Judicial system

Preservation Virginia sought the expertise of textile conservation expert Howard Sutcliffe, Principal at River Region Costume and Textile Conservation to conserve the robe. Mr. Sutcliffe has worked on a vast range of priceless objects including Tiraz fragments from Medieval Egypt, Tzar Nicholas II’s parade uniform and the original Kermit the Frog puppet, and now, John Marshall’s robe.

in 2019 Preservation Virginia, together with the John Marshall Center for Constitutional Civics and History, launched the  “Save the Robe” campaign. Our goal is to raise $218,000 to preserve this national treasure and support the programs to promote John Marshall and his judicial legacy.

Thanks to our generous donors and the team of professionals that undertook the conservation effort, future generations will have the opportunity to view John Marshall’s robe and stand in the presence of history.  

Group Tour Bookings

The John Marshall House is the perfect destination for groups interested in exploring the triumphs and complexities of Marshall’s personal and professional life. Our museum interpreters can create an immersive experience, just for you, that pulls back the curtain on one of America’s most influential Supreme Court Justices.

Group tours are available by arrangements made no less than one week in advance of the visit.

Contact

For information on pricing and availability:

Inquire about JOHN MARSHALL

johnmarshallhouse@preservationvirginia.org
804-648-7998

Key Visitor Info

Location & Arrival

Metered street parking is available on a first-come, first-served basis. A public parking lot is available 2 blocks away on 9th and Clay Streets.

For Students and Teachers

History Where it Happened

The John Marshall House offers students, teachers and parents the opportunity to learn history where it actually happened. To host a field trip at the John Marshall House, contact johnmarshallhouse@preservationvirginia.org or 804-648-7998.

We also offer educational resource packets and videos on our website that address Virginia Standards of Learning components. Click here to download and view these free materials.