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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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Wonderful Small Home

While no where near as impressive as Monticello, this house is worth the time. The tour gives you some insight to the people behind the buildings.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Charleston, South Carolina
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Fredericksburg, Virginia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is a lovely site, with a tree-lined entry road that has remained largely unchanged. The grounds still have sheep and other animals. The staff was friendly and the impressive 2-story dwelling and formal garden although nice, are post-Monroe.The outbuildings are largely associated with Monroe. President Monroe's Highland lies in the post-Monroe formal gardens.The outline of Monroe's home appears to... More 

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Woodbridge, Virginia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

My family had been here about 20 years ago and the big yellow house was toured as being Pres. Monroe's home. Nowadays they tell you they were all wrong and his actual home burned down in the 1850s or so. What is left from his era are parts of the guest portions of the original house and outbuildings.

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Charleston, South Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

While no where near as impressive as Monticello, this house is worth the time. The tour gives you some insight to the people behind the buildings.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It cost 2 adults and 2 kids $44 to complete the tour. Maria was an enthusiastic wealth of knowledge of the history of the place, although little is known about it. It is believed the main house Monroe occupied burned down, yet there are no records of the fire. Ashes, burned timbers, and melted wine bottles unearthed in archaeological digs... More 

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Bozeman, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

While the property did not have James Monroe's actual residence, it is good that in early 2016 the footings of the fire-destroyed home are now found. The President's personal items and furniture in the interpretive rooms (in the "guest" house) were interesting and educational. The tour guide was excellent; this was a nice, more intimate tour as I think it... More 

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Upstate NY
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My husband and I had already been to Monticello, and if you think Montpelier is another Monticello, you will be disappointed. Instead, our tour guide, Rick, gave us a fascinating peek into the life of a shy man who, by dint of his extensive research into previous kingless societies that failed, shaped our Constitution into a document that has withstood... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Although overshadowed by Monticello, James Monroe's Highland is an excellent destination to learn about our country's history and the life of our 5th president.

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Charlottesville, Virginia
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 5 weeks ago

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 1 January 2017

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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