Dodona Manor, Leesburg, Virginia

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By John Cowgill

Dodona Manor is located near the town center of Leesburg, Virginia and is famous for being the home of George Catlett Marshall. Marshall was a general who led troops during World War I and World War II. He’s also known for the Marshall Plan that helped restore Europe after World War II, and he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

George and Katherine Marshall were not the original owners of Dodona Manor, but they are the owners best-known by historians and locals.  It was to be the retirement home for George Marshall, but he was often called back into military service by many U.S. presidents.

At Dodona Manor, you will hear the story about how the home was purchased, and about the life of George C. Marshall. Marshall accomplished much in his life, not just as a soldier and general but also as a peacemaker. A tour of the house includes seeing his desk, his bedroom, and the chairs where he sat, and learning about some of the famous guests the Marshalls hosted.

Dodona Manor is owned and operated by the George C. Marshall International Center.  It is located at 312 E. Market Street (Virginia Business Route 7) in Leesburg, Virginia, just blocks east of U.S. Business Route 15.  It is open for tours on Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  Due to the age of the home, it is not wheelchair accessible.  Information about admission and private tours is available at

Leesburg is a town of great homes and historic sites; Dodona Manor is just one of them.  Visit Dodona Manor and hear great stories of a great man.

Statue of George Marshall

John Cowgill ( loves to visit historic places and parks to include lesser-known sites.  He loves traveling, taking road trips, taking photographs, and he loves railroads.  You can also follow him on Facebook at ‘John Cowgill: Photographic Journeys’ and ‘John Cowgill: DC Railroad Examiner’.  You can also check out his railroad articles on ‘John Cowgill: Stories of the Railroad’ at


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