At Dodona Manor in Leesburg’s historic district, the legacy of Gen. George C. Marshall is explored in great detail—his service as Army Chief of Staff, special envoy to China, Secretary of State, President of the Red Cross, Secretary of Defense, and the visionary Marshall Plan.
However, the newest exhibit, “Grace & Grit,” at the Marshall International Center puts the spotlight on the other resident of that historic home—Marshall’s wife, Katherine.
The presentation focuses on the tenacity and optimism that helped Katherine respond to the hardships she faced: “Despite enduring tremendous personal loss at almost every juncture, she carried on with steadiness and purpose. She neither collapsed under the weight of her disappointment nor allowed it to embitter her. She was tough but not rough, resilient but not resentful. She met every loss challenge, and transitioned with both dignity and determination, self-control and courage, grace and grit.”
One example of that spirit is the story of how the Marshalls came to make Leesburg their home. After visiting the property in 1941, she is said to have quickly given the owners a $10 downpayment and thrown the “for sale” sign into the bushes to prevent another buyer from stepping in. They bought the home for $16,000 and lived there until Gen. Marshall’s death in 1959.
Located at 312 E. Market St., the home is open for guided tours on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 per adult and may be purchased in advance at georgecmarshall.org.