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James Monroe's Highland

2050 James Monroe Pkwy, Charlottesville, VA 22902-7546
+1 434-293-8000
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Part of William & Mary, this historic site is the home of James Monroe, fifth president of the United States.
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  • Very good34%
  • Average16%
  • Poor1%
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“ash lawn” (160 reviews)
“guest house” (28 reviews)
“original house” (25 reviews)
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
2050 James Monroe Pkwy, Charlottesville, VA 22902-7546
+1 434-293-8000
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Reviewed 23 October 2016

With the help of an excellent docent, we learned much about James Monroe's contribution as a founding father of our country. She made it interesting and it was obvious that she loved what she did and had done much research. Unfortunately, I don't remember her...More

Thank JSP799
Reviewed 22 October 2016

Highland does not get nearly the attention of its neighbor, Monticello, but is has a lot to offer. Excellent docents.

Thank 48stever
Reviewed 20 October 2016

So this was interesting. We arrived at the visitor's center and before we bought the tickets, were told that it has been recently determined that this is not the Monroe house. That their home burned to the ground in the 1800s. Despite that, it was...More

Thank Gigi K
Reviewed 18 October 2016

Located about 10 -15 minutes away from Monticello is the home of James Monroe, 5th US president. Though not as elaborate as Monticello, it offers another historic look at life in Revolutionary America. Lovely grounds and the interior of the house is quite interesting to...More

Thank omyheck
Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

As noted, Monroe's actual house burned shortly after he left the property. What you tour in great detail is his guest house staged as he may have staged his original home. It is still worth the tour. The guide (ours was Roger Musnick) has excellent...More

Thank Cheryl G
Reviewed 17 October 2016

A great presidential home and fascinating historical site. The guided tour by a very knowledgeable guide was superb and the grounds are peaceful and lovely. If at all possible, I would make time to visit Monticello, Montpelier, and Ashlawn to gain a perspective on how...More

1  Thank Richard J
Reviewed 17 October 2016

While a half a million people visit Monticello, (so worthwhile) more should visit Ash Lawn-Highland, James Monroe's home. Also situated on a gorgeous mountain top, only 2.5 miles from Monticello, Ash Lawn - Highland is still being discovered through ongoing archeological work. The tour is...More

Thank Nancy K
Reviewed 15 October 2016 via mobile

James Monroe's grounds are peaceful and humble. We need politicians like him in today's world. They have located the original homestead and archeologists were onsite working during this visit. There is something about this place that draws me back to it with each visit to...More

Thank Digger555
Reviewed 14 October 2016

Visited there not knowing much about Monroe except that he had served as President of the United States. The guide was enthusiastic and quite knowledgeable. Left there with a deeper understanding and appreciation for this person and his family and for the enslaved people who...More

1  Thank Wil012014
Reviewed 12 October 2016

So embarassing, for years I have been going to Highlands and the story has been told of a modest James Monroe who only wanted a small home. Turns out when they dug around the yard a bit, they found the actuall house, not quite so...More

Thank majiksea
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