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This is the restored home of John Marshall, a giant in American judicial history, serving as chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court from 1801 to 1835. In 1803, Marshall ruled in Marbury v. Madison that federal courts can overturn acts of Congress, thus establishing the doctrine of judicial review. Earlier, Marshall served in the Revolutionary Army, argued cases for his close friend George Washington, served as ambassador to France under John Adams, and had a brief term as secretary of state. He was a political foe of his cousin, Thomas Jefferson. Largely intact, the house he built between 1788 and 1790 is remarkable for many original architectural features -- exterior brick lintels, interior wide-plank pine floors, wainscoting, and paneling. Period antiques and reproductions supplement Marshall's own furnishings and personal artifacts. If you have to wait for a tour, spend the time checking out the museum shop and the gardens.