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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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18 reviews 18 reviews
3 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014 NEW

Went here after visiting Monticello. There's not much to see in the house. We were told that this was probably just a farm and the house originally had only 2 rooms. 2 more had been added later. An addition later by another family expanded the house.

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Reston, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

We took a tour of Ash Lawn-Highland and found it interesting and educational. Enjoyed learning about President Monroe. The site was not crowded at all. Only one other couple was on our tour, Great experience.

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Nicholasville, Kentucky
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26 reviews 26 reviews
5 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

A must see for anyone coming to charlottesville. Learn about James Monroe and see his home. While much is gone, the originals and reproductions are well done and well exhibited.

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Campbell, CA
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30 reviews 30 reviews
13 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

What a treat to combine a visit to Ash Lawn-Highland, Monticello and Michie Tavern in one day. The guide at Ash Lawn was well informed and pleasant. Learned much about Pres. Madison that I did not know. Highly recommended.

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Katie F, Public Relations Manager at Ash Lawn-Highland, responded to this review

You mean President Monroe, of course! :) Thank you for your fantastic review of James Monroe's home and neighboring historic sites. Hopefully you were also able to visit James Madison's Montpelier in Orange, less than an hour's drive from Ash Lawn-Highland! More

Winter Springs, Florida
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128 reviews 128 reviews
28 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

Here's a chance to learn something about our fifth president! Monroe tour is short but interesting if you are into that phase of history...

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Brooklyn, Wisconsin
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

On arrival noticed several cars in the parking lot. Noticed they closed at 5:30pm. As we returned to our car, staff were leaving as well. All 4-5 of them were parked in the front section of the lot. One woman informed us of their hours while another rudely did not acknowledge us. We are from out of state and needed... More

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Katie F, Public Relations Manager at Ash Lawn-Highland, responded to this review

Please accept our apologies for the experience you recently had at Ash Lawn-Highland. We are very disappointed to learn that you were not welcomed appropriately. We strive to provide excellent customer service to all visitors regardless of what their needs are or what time they arrive at the historic site. Thank you for taking the time to give us this... More

San Diego, California
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

The tourguides are super informative and the tour is not too long at all! The grounds are walkable with lots to see!

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Manhattan Beach, California
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

James Monroe had a tremendous impact on the scope of America and was a close friend of Thomas Jefferson (the reason he built the house at Ash Lawn-Highland). Well worth the visit.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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50 reviews 50 reviews
10 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

We visited James Monroe’s Ash Lawn-Highland after visiting Jefferson’s Monticello on a Saturday afternoon in the summer. Ash Lawn-Highland is just down the road from Monticello past the Jefferson Winery. The entire house and grounds at Monroe’s home are much smaller than Jefferson’s Monticello and that is nice. It was not nearly as crowded as Monticello and the people at... More

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CT
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46 reviews 46 reviews
10 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

It was pleasant viewing one of James Monroe's homes. Very different from Thomas Jefferson's Monticello. Nice, easy going tour of the more rural home and some of the property/ land.

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