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Ash Lawn-Highland

Address: 2050 James Monroe Parkway, Charlottesville, VA 22902
Phone Number: 434-293-8000
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic sites, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: Operated by The College of William and Mary, this historic site is the home of James Monroe, fifth...
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Type: Historic sites, Sights & Landmarks
Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Owner 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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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

It's really unusal the way the house is situated.A 20th century owner built a large farmhouse beside Monroes home with a passage way the attached the two homes. Madison's home is a cottage but a lovely one that really looks like a home not a museum.The grounds are lovely and the outbuildings are still in use for farming. There is... More 

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Charlottesville, Virginia
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6 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Tucked away on a back road, Monroe's home is modest compare to his neighbor Thomas Jefferson's house. At one time they could see one another.'s homes but the trees are too tall now. Great place for a picnic after your tour.

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Harrisonburg, Virginia
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9 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

I have toured several historic homes and while this was not my favorite tour I still consider it a good one. The house itself is very nice and the tour though short was interesting. My favorite part was walking the grounds at my own pace. If you are traveling to the area just to tour this home you might be... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

Nice historic location. The house and grounds are pretty and well maintained. The tour guide, Beth, was friendly and knowledgeable. She has a pleasant demeanor and suggested other sights to visit. I did not know very much about President Monroe and the Monroe Doctrine before the tour. I want to also visit Jefferson and Madison's homes on my next visit.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

We enjoyed about a one hour visit with President Monroe's home. The tour was very informative but the docent could really brush up on her public/history presentation. She was very intelligent, but the likes", "ums", and over all conjecture was too much, specifiacally when she presents herself as a biology major and not a history buff. If you're going to... More 

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Farmville
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

I find Ash Lawn to be modest and unassuming, much like its owner, James Monroe. No glitz and glamour here, but a lovely, comfortable home nonetheless with lovely views and interesting history. To have Ash Lawn, Michie Tavern, and Monticello in such close proximity is truly an historical prize, with all three well worth visiting.

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Hickory, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

Stopped here before our scheduled tour at Monticello. It is literally just down the road 2.5 miles from Monticello. I doubt this place ever gets too busy but that is a shame because it is quite an amazing piece of history. It was $14 per person to enter through their large gift shop. You then walk through some tall hedges... More 

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Hanover, Maryland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

Not having been to any historic sites in Charlottsville, I went to Ash Lawn as part of my training I was in town for. The people were very nice and knowledgeable but felt like there just wasn't enough to warrant staying more than 45 minutes, at most.

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Keswick, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

Yes, do Monticello, but please make sure you get to Ash Lawn- Highland! In many ways, this quaint place is much more historically satisfying. The tour is enlightening, highlighting the close relationship between James Monroe and Thomas Jefferson; fewer tourists but unforgettable!

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IL
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Since we had time to spare while we were in the area, we decided to visit Ash-Lawn. Part of the home previously burned to the ground & it was added on to by subsequent owners, so I wasn't hoping for much. I was pleasantly surprised by the tour & the knowledgeable guide. We learned a lot about James Monroe, his... More 

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