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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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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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2 Presidents Living So Close Together

Don't forget to visit James Monroe's estate. I like this one almost as much as Monticello. It is not audacious but its location is really beautiful and peaceful. I can see why... read more

Reviewed 31 May 2016
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Virginia
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347 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 May 2016 via mobile

Don't forget to visit James Monroe's estate. I like this one almost as much as Monticello. It is not audacious but its location is really beautiful and peaceful. I can see why they wanted to live in this area with Spring and Fall my favorite times to visit.

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Seattle, Washington
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15 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 May 2016

I actually enjoyed this tour more than Montcello. The guide was well informed and did not rush the group. It is interesting that the recent archaeological dig has totally upturned the previous explanation of the house.

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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21 reviews
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Reviewed 25 May 2016 via mobile

More history at James Monroe's Highland house. Smaller than the complex at Montecello but still interesting history. We walked the grounds and took the guided tour in the house.

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Thank gvolks
Culpeper, Virginia
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28 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 May 2016

Another Presidents home I really enjoyed. Smaller, quieter, can see Monticello from here. We visited in the spring so less tourists, I'd go back.

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Portland, Oregon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 May 2016

Stopped here after Monticello and had a wonderful private tour with a retired foreign service person. An absolute fountain of information and a delight to meet and hear. So happy to have taken the short ride here. Very glad to have taken the time and also got great information about Monroe.

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Portland, Oregon, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 May 2016

Need to stop here to complete your history tour of the area. Another beautifully maintained historic home. You learn little things that fill in the gaps of history you didn't even realize you were missing.

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Great Falls, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 May 2016

Only recently have they discovered that the house was a guest house and not a presidential home. Furnishings were Monroe's and history interesting, but they seemed unclear how to describe the significance of the property based on the new findings. Much less expensive than Monticello so still worth a visit.

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Annapolis, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 May 2016

This is a site under development because they just learned this wasn't Monroe's residence. The structure spans several decades and most was built after Monroe left. I think it is a bit misleading but it is very close to Monticello and the history is interesting - but not the structure. It is actually quite a dump.

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Pennington, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 May 2016

Most recent excavations reveal that what was thought to be Monroe's modest home was actually a guest house added to the property after his residence there. The original home is now being excavated, or what is left of it -- apparently burned to the ground in the early 19th century. In light of this, it is questionable whether the site... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 May 2016

President Monroe came from humble beginning but died solvent something that Jefferson did not achieve. The place is not fancy but very interesting. There is work going on to find out more about the original structure apparently partially destroyed by fire. That a sheep sheering and wool spinning going on while we were there. So wonderful that such places are... More 

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