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James Monroe's Highland

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Address: 2050 James Monroe Pkwy, Charlottesville, VA 22902-7546
Phone Number:
+1 434-293-8000
11:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 11:00 - 17:00
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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An All Around Pleasure

We had an excellent tour guide, who had a lot of detailed history knowledge.. What we liked was that he addressed the nitty-gritty of James Madison's life and contributions to... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 May 2016
ingrid c
Baltimore, Maryland
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Baltimore, Maryland
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64 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 May 2016

We had an excellent tour guide, who had a lot of detailed history knowledge.. What we liked was that he addressed the nitty-gritty of James Madison's life and contributions to U.S. history. It was not a tour where the focus was on the material possessions in the house, though one was free to ask about anything at all. We were... More 

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Nassau Bay, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 May 2016

Enjoyed this tour after Monticello. We had a fantastic gentleman who conducted our tour. He was so knowledgeable and so great at handling the group. He gave us so much history and explained the connection between all of the early founding fathers of our country. Felt this tour tied everything together so well.

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Ashburn, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 April 2016 via mobile

Ash Lawn-Highland was such a different experience compared to Monticello! Where Monticello was highly organized and busy with lots of tours - James Monroe's home and estate was much smaller but by no means less interesting or significant. There were only 4 people on our tour! We learned so much about James Monroe and his service to our budding nation.... More 

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East Coast
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 April 2016

We have been to Monticello several times so we decided to visit Monroe's Ash-Lawn Highland this trip. Ever wonder why you only see the small Cape-Cod piece of house that is attached to a federalist house when looking up Monroe's home? Welllllll, that's because of the entire footprint of the whole house it is the only actual piece of Monroe's... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 April 2016

The tree lined driveway is so scenic that leads you to the visitor area. The entire place is a beautiful setting. The brick lined walkways are a little rough for those having difficulty walking. Archeologists were digging out front the yellow house and were very nice about answering questions about the beautiful old trees. Tour guide was excellent, right amount... More 

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Santa Clara, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 April 2016

By Jefferson/Madison/Washington standards this was meh...It is 15 minutes from Montecello so it wasn't a complete waste of time.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 April 2016

After Montecello, anything will be a bit of a letdown. This is a very little frame house that is only partly original. There is ongoing archeological work on the grounds which is very interesting. There are three outbuildings and a cellar/kitchen to explore. Very peaceful and an excellent tour guide included in the 12.00 admission fee

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Williamsburg, Virginia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 April 2016

Ash Lawn-Highland is small in comparison to the large estates of Thomas Jefferson (Monticello) and James Madison (Montpelier). But after touring it, I learned that this was only a part time home for Monroe when he was in Charlottesville and that he had several other plantations and properties. One of those is Oak Hill Mansion in Loudoun County, VA. The... More 

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 April 2016

Owned by University of William & Mary, the estate of Ash Lawn-Highland is modest in scale when compared to the nearby estates of Montpelier and Monticello, but is well worth a stop for those who are interested in American History.

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Cape Cod, Massachusetts
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 April 2016

We visited on a cold and windy day. We were told to wait outside the house for the tour but other people waited inside. The yellow house added after Monroe owned the house needs repairs. The tour of Monroe's part of the home was good, wish it covered more about the furnishings inside Monroe's house. There was no one outside... More 

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Jason W, Manager at James Monroe's Highland, responded to this review

Thank you for your visit! We appreciate your feedback and will be addressing your concerns. In regards to the state of the Massey House, rest assured that we are currently undergoing a complete exterior renovation, including painting and other cosmetic repairs. We hope you will visit again to see the many wonderful improvements in the works. More 

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