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In 1941 Gen. George C. Marshall and his wife Katherine bought Dodona Manor, an early-19th-century manse, when he planned to retire from the U.S. Army. Those plans were interrupted by World War II, when Marshall, then U.S. army chief of staff, was primarily responsible for the victorious military effort. After the war Marshall served as secretary of state (during which time he won the Nobel Peace Prize for the Marshall Plan) and secretary of defense. The house looks exactly like it did in the 1940s and 1950s, with Marshall's own bed, red-leather chair, early black-and-white television, and artwork acquired in China (Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek, Madame Chiang, and her four maids twice were houseguests). Visits begin with an 18-minute video followed by a 45-minute guided tour of the house. Dodona provides a terrific view of the general's private life, while the George C. Marshall Museum in Lexington explains his outstanding public accomplishments.