Preservation Virginia's John Marshall House

818 E. Marshall Street, Richmond, VA 23219 - United States




The John Marshall House is the 1790 home of the 4th and longest-serving Supreme Court Chief Justice, his family, and anywhere from 8-16 enslaved people at any given time until 1835. Furnished in over 50% of Marshall family furnishings and material culture and the oldest brick house in Richmond, Virginia, the John Marshall House is a wonderfully intact example of Federal era architecture. John Marshall is credited with formalizing the Supreme Court, determine what the judiciary can and can't do, and elevating the power and prestige of the Court though landmark cases such as Marbury v. Madison (1803). In addition to being the home of the Great Chief Justice, the John Marshall House was also an urban site of enslavement for over 65 people over the course of 45 years. While our guided tours place all of the residents of the John Marshall House throughout the spaces, during your visit, take our self-guided QR code Work Yard Tour to learn more about the outbuildings that one stood on this Early Republic urban property. The John Marshall House unfortunately is not very handicap accessible; contact us with any questions about visiting.


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