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Exploring John Marshall House, Richmond, VA

The John Marshall House in Richmond, Virginia, is a glimpse into the life of one of America’s most influential figures.

Built in 1790, it is one of the first homes in the Court End neighborhood and is the oldest brick house in Richmond. This beautifully preserved structure was the residence of John Marshall, the fourth and longest-serving Supreme Court Chief Justice. Often referred to as the “Great Chief Justice,” his influential decisions, including Marbury v. Madison, were pivotal in shaping the American legal system. As you enter its doors, you’ll be surrounded by the same walls and furnishings that witnessed countless vital decisions and discussions. Pam can guide you in discovering more about this landmark and eventually owning or caring for your historic dwelling.

BEAUTIFULLY-PRESERVED ICON: Marshall House is a well-kept symbol of Federal-era architecture, offering an authentic window into the past. Its simple and unpretentious exterior belies the historical riches that lie within. Step inside, and you’ll find a masterful showcase of hand-carved woodwork, a hallmark of eighteenth-century craftsmanship. The dining room boasts an intricate cornice and ornate mantles, while panels adorn the parlor and the library. It occupied an entire city block with several outbuildings, including a law office, kitchen, laundry, and stables.

FLOWER GARDENS: The historic gardens offer a vivid display of the plant life that graced colonial gardens in Williamsburg and Yorktown. They provide a living connection to the past, offering a delightful sensory experience for visitors. Stroll through the grounds and immerse yourself in the fragrant blooms and lush greenery, and you’ll feel transported to a time when the Marshall family celebrated with grace and sophistication. They enhance the site’s visual appeal and create an atmosphere of serenity and nostalgia.

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED TOUR: The guided tour will transport you back to when Richmond emerged as the Capital of Virginia. Past visitors raved about the entertaining and exceptionally knowledgeable staff who bring the house to life with history-rich stories and insights. Running for 45 minutes, you’ll delve into the life and legacy of John Marshall, gaining a deep understanding of his impact on the federal judiciary and how his decisions continue to influence our lives today. It’s an immersive journey through the legacy of one of America’s legal giants.

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5 Real Estate Facts about John Marshall House

  • In 1796, all the buildings on the property, including the house, were collectively valued at $5,500.
  • The property had a colorful tenant history, including notable figures such as Thomas B. Bigger, Robert Gwathmey, Professor Charles H. Winston, Henry A. Wise, and Mrs. Mattie Paul Myers.
  • In 1907, John Marshall’s granddaughters sold the lot to the City of Richmond.
  • It narrowly escaped demolition when the city proposed building a high school. Preservation Virginia stepped in, taking guardianship in 1911. Since then, it has operated as a historic house museum.
  • The John Marshall House, Richmond, Virginia, was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1960.
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John Marshall House is between 8th and 9th St, at 818 E Marshall St, Richmond, VA.

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