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The John Marshall House

ca. 1790
818 East Marshall St., Richmond, VA 23219

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. 

Visitor Information


Hours: March 3, 2017 through December 2017

Friday and Saturday: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sunday: 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.


Preservation Virginia Members: Free (Become a Member)
General Admission: $10
AAA Members, Military and Senior Citizens (60+):  $9
Students: $7
Children Under 6: Free
Group Tours:

Friday through Sunday groups of ten or more are charged at a rate of $7.00 per adult and $6.00 per youth. Monday through Thursday general tours for up to twelve people are $100 per hour, and any additional visitors increase the price in intervals: 1-12 visitors: $100, 13-25 visitors: $200, and so on. Group tours are available at any time by arrangements made no less than one week in advance of the visit.


Site Event Rental: 

Open House Tours: $100 per hour (during hours not regularly open to the public). Grounds Rental: $50 per hour. Meeting Space Rental: $100 per hour. Interior Rental: $200 per hour (during hours not regularly open to the public). To utilize the interior of John Marshall House exclusively for your event during regularly open hours, an additional fee of $200 per hour will be charged.  

Additional Information

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.


Mailing Address:

The John Marshall House

P.O. Box 1098

Richmond, VA 23218

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