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James Monroe's Highland

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Address: 2050 James Monroe Pkwy, Charlottesville, VA 22902-7546
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+1 434-293-8000
09:00 - 18:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 18:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

Part of William & Mary, this historic site is the home of James Monroe,...

Part of William & Mary, this historic site is the home of James Monroe, fifth president of the United States.

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A Change in Place

I live just 12 miles from Highland and have taken house guests there many times. It has beautiful landscape and you sense immediately that you are an historical farm. Over the... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Palmyra, Virginia
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Palmyra, Virginia
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I live just 12 miles from Highland and have taken house guests there many times. It has beautiful landscape and you sense immediately that you are an historical farm. Over the past few years they have discovered much new information about the site and the docents will bring you up to date on the newest information. They are very knowledgeable... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

There are many exciting new archeological and archival discoveries that are completely changing our understanding of this very important president's house. And the setting is very very beautiful. Finally at all the presidential houses around here attention is being given to the lives of the enslaved. About time!

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Cuyahoga Falls
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We purchased the neighborhood pass that included this attraction. Our tour guide was great and very engaging. It is confusing because the original house burned down. The tour is done in the guest house or an addition, but is decorated with many of the Monroe's personal belongings. How the family was connected to Napoleon was very interesting. It is definitely... More 

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Havre de Grace, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Although not as magnificent as Monticello, there is something at Highlands. The serene beauty, gardens, animals, it really is a must do. Not a long tour but incredibly informative. Our guide was the best. She answered all questions and never did we feel rushed. A lovely spot for a Charlottesville visit.

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Pittsgrove, New Jersey
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

As you tour the Jefferson, Monroe and and Madison properties you quickly learn about the interactions between the three Presidents. For example - Jefferson advised Monroe to prepare for a career in public service studying the law. Monroe with Jefferson represented Virginia in the Confederation Congress. Monroe and Madison were introduced to each other by Jefferson. James Madison made Monroe... More 

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

In contrast to very nearby Monticello, this is a quieter place. Beautiful but compact garden. The docent lead tour was quite informative, but Monroe did not, as Jefferson did, leave the extensive notes and records so it was more difficult to get a feel for the man.

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Gainesville, Florida
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Of the three Presidential homes located in the Charlottesville area (Jefferson's Monticello, Madison's Montpelier, and Monroe's Highland), this one is the least impressive of the three. This is largely because the the original building burned down; however, archeological research on the site is ongoing. The guest house is original (built in 1818), and is furnished with items owned by the... More 

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Manhattan Beach, California
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The husband and I visited around 3pm and were put on the 3:30 guided tour with Jesse. Wow. Jesse is a fabulous guide and speaker and has so much history and many stories to share. We learned a lot! After the tour we wandered the grounds which are beautiful - trees and rolling hills as far as the eye can... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We purchased a President Pass which included James Monroe's house, Michie Tavern, and Thomas Jefferson. That is the best way to go. The tours started from the Gift Shop and is about 40 minutes. It has a lot of history and a good place to visit.

1 Thank Seeall50states
Singapore, Singapore
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Located just behind Monticello, Highlands is another must see in C'ville. Despite the fact that the actual house is no longer there, our tour guide was very good in detailing and explaining various issues and archaeological finds. I found the tour guide at highlands better than the tour guide at Monticello.

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