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Ash Lawn-Highland

2050 James Monroe Parkway, Charlottesville, VA 22902
434-293-8000
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites
Description: 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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English first
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

The tour given at the house was excellent. I knew little of James Munroe other than the Munroe Doctrine. I hadn't realized how much of a legacy he had created for the U.S. This visit has inspired me to read more about his presidency.

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Surprise, Arizona
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81 reviews 81 reviews
20 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

This was the home of James Monroe and had been restored including many artifacts. I loved the grounds surrounding the home. It is not a grand home like his close friend Thomas Jefferson's, but I didn't expect much. The home includes Monroe's Presidential china, original clocks, furniture and statuary. You can view this home in about an hour.

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Lowell, Massachusetts
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19 reviews 19 reviews
8 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

This was the first of three presidential homes we visited. It was an unexpected treasure. The location, views of the mountains and the guided tour was well worth it. Just a short drive form Michie Tavern

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Carnegie
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

So much of what is there today, was not there during its claim to fame. It had some original furnishings but the house as we toured it had been added on to and the guide couldn't tell us where the original front door was. We didn't get the same feeling as we did at Monticello due to historical inaccuracy of... More

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Whitetop, Virginia
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113 reviews 113 reviews
15 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

So, if you've been to Monticello, but not Ash Lawn - Highlands, be prepared. This is NOT Jefferson's over-the-top, 40 year build project. This home of James Monroe is very modest. The man obviously understood that he could save a lot of money if he didn't pour it into a home. About 80% of the furnishings in this home are... More

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Petersburg, Virginia
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21 reviews 21 reviews
8 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

As the title says, all three are right near each other so you could make a cool, loooong day out of them, or a nice weekend. But I would suggest putting this place on your to-do list. There are lots of cool facts to look at and a very large amount of original items owned by James Monroe (because he... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

While the admission price was a bit steep for the size of the house and grounds, the tour was quite interesting.

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Fort Lau
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24 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

Ash Lawn-Highland is just a few minutes drive from Monticello. The gardens are beautiful. The home itself is very small, but you want to take this tour because it is bursting with historical information and put into context of today's challenges.

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Sarasota, Florida
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18 reviews 18 reviews
5 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

I wish I knew the name of the young man who guided us -- he must be a Monroe scholar -- he knew history and was a great speaker. Too many people on the tour of this little house with it small, cluttered rooms. Too cramped. One bright young man was the only one amonst all of us adults who... More

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Williamsburg, Virginia
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21 reviews 21 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

Very surprised that Monroe's presidential home was so small when he lived there, but awesome. Our guide was so knowledgible and the artifacts, furniture, and paitings are awesome.

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