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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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Sun - Sat 11:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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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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It isn't Monticello or Mount Vernon, but...

James Monroe's Ash Lawn-Highland plantation, which is adjacent to Thomas Jefferson's Monticello near Charlottesville, Virginia, pales in comparison to Jefferson's home. But, like... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
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Charlottesville, Virginia
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The original house is essentially gone. The tour guide was pretty vague about the history of the house as well as Monroe's contribution during his presidency. Not money well spent.

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

James Monroe's Ash Lawn-Highland plantation, which is adjacent to Thomas Jefferson's Monticello near Charlottesville, Virginia, pales in comparison to Jefferson's home. But, like Jefferson, Monroe was one of the Founding Fathers and a president of the United States. He also was the author of the famous Monroe Doctrine. Curiously, Monroe was encouraged by his close friend, Jefferson, to purchase a... More 

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Herndon, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Worth checking out while you visit Monticello. It is less than a mile away. Another beautiful property, but quite different from Monticello so it is interesting to see the contrast between the homes of former presidents. Tour guides were very knowledgeable.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 December 2016 via mobile

Been here 3 times and I love learning about the founding fathers and is a must see if you have seen Monticello.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 December 2016

Monroe only lived on the property for a few years and the only surviving structure from his time frame is a home that was a guest house. There are no exhibits or movie in the visitors' center, just a gift shop and not much else to see. There are a few outbuildings. We spent a little over an hour, counting... More 

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Kettering, Ohio
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016 via mobile

Our tour guide on the Saturday after thanksgiving was great. She really knew her material and seemed to enjoy her job. We've been on a number of tours and usually the visitors are friendly but this group seemed to be a quiet crowd and she handled it well. Most of the buildings were not original to Monroe but LOTS of... More 

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Syracuse, NY
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016

We had already been to Monticello and Montpelier by the time we went to Highland. I refer to it as the red-headed stepchild of presidential homes... The actual home burned down, so the guest house has been outfitted with authentic Monroe pieces so you could understand how they might have lived. The tour guide was good and the house was... More 

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Kitzmiller, Maryland
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016 via mobile

We visited Highland because we were visiting Monticello, and they are close. The tour guide could have been better. The house and grounds are nice. They have a good collection of Monroe artifacts. It's worth a visit, but I wouldn't go without already being in the area.

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2016 via mobile

So recent discoveries show that this was not actually James Monroe's home. The house that you tour, decorated in the style of the time that he and his wife lived, is now thought to have been a guest house. The other, larger yellow house, was long known to have been built after the Monroes sold the property. This past year... More 

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New Britain, Connecticut
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

The land belonged to Monroe, however, the house that is standing there is not his -- recent archaeological find has the outline of the foundation of the house there. The tour is excellent -- has vintage furniture, including pieces that did indeed belong to Monroe.

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