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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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Murrells Inlet, South Carolina
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

Just down the road from Monticello. My husband wanted to visit Monroe's house . I honestly thought it would be disappointing after Monitcello . I could not have been more wrong !! Beautiful place - just the entrance of ash trees makes the visit worthwhile . Our house tour was given by a UVA student - she was amazing. She... More

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On the open sea
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22 reviews 22 reviews
8 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

I am sure it is easy to overlook this property because of the popularity of Monticello but it was worth the trip. The tour guide was very knowledgable and the property offers lots of authentic pieces. Military admitted for free!

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Owenton, Kentucky
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

President Monroe's home tour was worth every penny!! Our family was a little skeptical about this tour.....we had just visited President Jefferson's Monticello and Monroe's home is not as grand as Jefferson's. We, however, were not disappointed. Our tour guide was awesome. We learned so much about President Monroe. Wow.....what an amazing President. The stories were so interesting. I would... More

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Upper Black Eddy, Pennsylvania
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

I've recently taken the Ash Lawn-Highland tour in July of 2014 with a friend. I've visited this home's more famous neighbor, Monticello, many times before, but this was my first time to Ash Lawn-Highland. I was very impressed by the friendliness of the staff on whole, and the tour guide Nicole, a UVa student and intern went well and above... More

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Souderton, PA
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

We had the pleasure of attending a wedding at Ash Lawn-Highland and we were able to tour the home and lovely grounds. It is very well maintained and I actually enjoyed it more than Monticello. The best plan would be to see them both since they are so different.

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Bismarck, Missouri
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

This is the home of President James Monroe. The first thing you will notice when you get there is that it is much smaller and more subdued than Thomas Jefferson's Monticello (just a few miles down the road). While smaller, the house is certainly much more practical. What really made this attraction worth seeing was the staff. While the tour... More

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Kresgeville, Pennsylvania
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

You have to see President Monroe's house if you are in the area. We went to Ash- Lawn Highland before the Monticello and it was an excellent choice. Monticello is much bigger and grand and many people seem to be disappointed when they get to Monroe's house. Ash- Lawn is no Monticello, but it is still a great house to... More

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Madison, Mississippi
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

Ash Lawn-Highland is just a few, short miles from Monticello, and is completely different from Monticello. This home is much more subdued and practical than Monticello, but still has an amazing story to tell. James Monroe played a large part in the shaping of our country and his home is a beautiful reflection of that. Our guide was a history... More

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Ashburn, Virginia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

Our tour guid was a student from William & Mary studying to be a historian and she was great. It is a small house and tour, but still very worth it.

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Morrison, OK USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

James Monroe was instrumental in so many things that shaped our country. Like many founding fathers, we owe him our gratitude. Ash Lawn-Highland takes Monroe out of the shadows and sheds light on his many accomplishments that helped form this great nation. The grounds are beautiful and the tour very informative. Definitely worth the trip!

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