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Ash Lawn-Highland

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Address: 2050 James Monroe Parkway, Charlottesville, VA 22902
Phone Number: +1 434-293-8000
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Description: Operated by The College of William and Mary, this historic site is the...
Operated by The College of William and Mary, this historic site is the home of James Monroe, fifth president of the United States.
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quaint, informative and worthwhile

Unlike Monticello, which is packed with tourists, Ash Lawn-Highland is very quaint and very informative!! Our guide was fantastic and encouraged us to take all of the time that... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 2, 2015
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Lancaster, Pennsylvania

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Dallas, Texas
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5 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

This was an okay tour of a historical President's home. It was a small, modest home and if you tour it in conjunction with Jefferson's Monticello, I would say to tour it first as to not be let down after visiting the more spectacular Monticello. We did, however, appreciate learning about Monroe and his home.

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Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

Unlike Monticello, which is packed with tourists, Ash Lawn-Highland is very quaint and very informative!! Our guide was fantastic and encouraged us to take all of the time that we needed in each room to look at everything. He also really encouraged us to ask him questions. This tour is very informative. The grounds are very charming. This is so... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

First off, I was glad we had a groupon for this tour, it would have cost me $50 for a family of four without it. We went straight to the house for the tour and the garden and old trees were gorgeous. Our tour guide was a young man and was reading a book on Monroe while waiting for us-I... More 

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Miami, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Ashlawn is a beautiful home. The staff was very knowledgeable and helpful. Enjoyed the history lesson. The grounds are gorgeous and very well manicured. I loved hearing the story about the Hearth Cooking in one of the quarters in the back. We have it so easy now and we should be thankful that we are not bending over a fire... More 

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Small house but pretty grounds. The docent was very informative and gave us a lot of history . Very enjoyable visit

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

Ok this is a great place to visit if you have a true love for history. Monroe's house is so small...you might even be disappointed by the outside...BUT... On the inside it is MOSTLY ORIGINAL PIECES. I was in shock!! The tour was amazing. I highly recommend it

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NJ
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

Got lucky with Matt Black as our tour guide. He was a true historian and I learned a lot. Although the grounds were not as impressive as Monticello, the tour was more interesting and informative. I left wanting to learn more about Monroe. Definitely worth a visit.

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Wichita, Kansas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 135 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

This is no mansion, just a basic house. The grounds are well kept and interesting. Unlike others,we did not get a real view into Monroe's life by our guide. The Monroe museum, housed in a newer home attached to the old house was very interesting even if you do not know a lot about the history of President Monroe.

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Atwater, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

I have been here twice. In the summer the house is really too warm to tour. The Monroe's are an interesting family. The house is very small. Basically four rooms. You also get to see slave quarters, a garden and farm animals. Worth a stop.

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Newnan, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015 via mobile

As our guide explained, when you complete the tour, you will know more about Monroe that you ever thought possible. As others have mentioned, small compared to the other presidential home in town, but still worth your time. Understanding of the site is ongoing. Ash trees lining the drive are sadly dying of disease. Don't miss the 300+ year old... More 

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Additional Information about Ash Lawn-Highland

Address: Address: 2050 James Monroe Parkway, Charlottesville, VA 22902
Phone Number: +1 434-293-8000
Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Charlottesville
Open Hours:
Sunday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Monday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 14 - 14

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