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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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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Operated by The College of William and Mary, this historic site is the home...

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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Lovely home and tour

I live close to the estate and have visited several times. It is a great place to visit.I would definitely recommend visiting Ash Lawn, especially if you visit, or have visited... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Future_Travlz
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Scottsville, Virginia

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Scottsville, Virginia
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24 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I live close to the estate and have visited several times. It is a great place to visit.I would definitely recommend visiting Ash Lawn, especially if you visit, or have visited, Monticello. Thomas Jefferson and James Monroe were friends. It is so interesting to see both of their homes and compare them. They are VERY different. Once, when we went,... More 

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Tulsa
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54 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

With so much to see in Virginia, who would have thought that there is ANOTHER president's home near Monticello? Less than 4 miles up the road from Jefferson's place is a home of James Monroe, 5th president of the US. As I understand it, this was his home for some 24 years. It is very under stated on the outside... More 

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Medford, New Jersey
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28 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had visited Monticello on Saturday. On Sunday we visited the home of James Monroe. What a contrast. Hearing about the lives of these great man is amazing. We decided, after also visiting Madison's home of Montpelier, that Monroe lived more within his means and was unpretentious. The drive up to the house is tree-lined and beautiful even on a... More 

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Virginia
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57 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Went on a Monday morning and took the guided tour. The guided tour gives discounts for senior citizens and locals (just show your ID and we got ours for less than 10$ each person). We were asked not to touch anything inside in which we fully understand. We were the only ones (husband and I) at that time and had... More 

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summerville, United States
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12 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A pleasant experience for those that want to do the Jefferson-Madison-Monroe history trail. Over the hill from Monticello, but on a much smaller scale. The docent was exceptionally informative. A great alternative if one does not want to spend the day at Jefferson's estate.

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Palmyra, VA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2015

This restored mansion is often overlooked, being in the near shadow of Monticello, but it is so close to Monticello that it merits a visit in itself. The property is accessible, well-maintained, and rich in historicity and charm. The plantings will intrigue you, along with the smaller buildings around the main house. Give it a whirl!

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Charlottesville, VA, United States
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30 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

Really neat place just a short distance from Monticello. It provides a different, but complementary, part of the Founding Fathers story. The site is beautiful, as is the house, even though it is much smaller and not as grand as Jefferson's. The guide was excellent, and had an exhaustive knowledge of the house and of Monroe's life. It was very... More 

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Charlottesville, Virginia
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9 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

History revised! New archealogical findings are changing the way Highland is presented. Come find out what has been discovered. Informed enthusiastic guides for a fair price. Don't miss the shop with items from local artisans.

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Fairfax, Virginia
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23 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2015

An outstanding house tour by a well informed, friendly guide on a quiet afternoon. Nice that we were only four on the tour. Wonderful original furnishings in this modest Presidential retreat and partial year home of James Monroe. Beautiful rural surroundings and nice grounds. A national treasure and way less frantic than nearby Monticello.

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Manchester, Maryland
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29 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2015

Our guide, Roger, made Ash Lawn and president Monroe come to life. He was so good that I was sad when the tour was over and I couldn't ask him any more questions. We were standing outside ready to come into the house when an American Bald Eagle flew over us!! It made me shiver with excitement about being in... More 

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