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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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Monroe's Property but not his house

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 15 November 2016
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New Britain, Connecticut
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New Britain, Connecticut
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36 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
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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Charlottesville, Virginia
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21 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

Three of the first five Presidents lived within 45 minutes of Charlottesville. Madison is the farthest, 45 min, but the homes of Monroe and Jefferson are right outside town. And visits to these places are exactly like a living history tour. Amazing

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Charlottesville, Virginia
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41 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016

Near UVA but manage by William and Mary, interesting. Nice place to bring a blanket and have a bottle of Virginia wine that you got at the winery before you got here or three down the road,...yes, the Trump winery. It is a history home, best seen in good weather and in the summer. Not really that much to see.

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Claremont, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2016

If you go expecting to see another Montecello you will be disappointed as this is a far more modest home and not even the original, but it was interesting nonetheless and an easy stop if you are in the area.

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Fairfax, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2016

We have visited Charlottesville a few times now and were looking for a new attraction. We found a wonderful one at James Monroe's Highland. The guide was exceptional and made the tour one of the best we have been on in this area. We learned so much about James Monroe and his contribution to our country. He is a President... More 

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pittsburgh, pa
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21 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2016 via mobile

This is the property of President Monroe, but it was recently discovered that the house was not one he lived in. They do have some items owned by the President. Having toured Monticello that morning, I would've passed on this tour had I been aware of this.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2016 via mobile

My wife and I were in Charlottesville for a wedding in October and I found myself with lots of free time. On Saturday I woke up and headed to Jefferson's Monticello. Long lines and all day wait for tour helped me decide to head to Highland, the home of President James Monroe, only three miles away. The drive is absolutely... More 

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Camp Hill, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016 via mobile

After more than 100 years, scholars announced in April 2016 that the house that has been assumed to be Monroe's home was, in fact, a home he had built nearby for lodgers. The original stone foundation of his home was located and identified through dendrology and archaelogy. So while you can't see the actual home, you can see many of... More 

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Tybee Island, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016 via mobile

My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our visit to Highland! Great gift shop, fascinating grounds, and one of the most informed and insightful docents we have had the pleasure of interacting with! MJ was passionate, enthusiastic and very well informed. Well worth the visit and be sure to look for "The Colonel"!

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Long Beach, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

So, his house is not there anymore... burned down long ago. The foundation is still there so you will need a good imagination to "see" the house itself. However, Monroe's guest house is still in place and what they do is dress it up as a representation of what was likely the set up of the fifth President's home. Lots... More 

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