Photo 3: Withdrawing room, John Marshall House.
The furnishings in each room are authentic pieces from the period when John and Polly Marshall occupied the house. The John Marshall House remained in the possession of his descendants until 1909, when it was acquired by the city of Richmond. In 1911 the care of the house was turned over to the Association for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities (APVA). Today the APVA operates the house as a museum.
Questions for Photos 3-5
1. Write a paragraph on your impression of the rooms and the furnishings of the Marshall home. What is revealed or suggested about the lifestyle and standard of living of the Marshall family?
2. List similarities and differences between the rooms and furnishings of Marshalls house and your own home.
3. Why might the APVA have been interested in preserving Marshalls house?
4. Does the early date of their acquisition seem surprising? What does this reveal about the way Marshalls house was viewed in the early 20th century?
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