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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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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Description: Operated by The College of William and Mary, this historic site is the...
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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While in Charlottesville, my mom and I decided to go here for a visit. you get a live tour guide who takes you through the small home and the one that was built on to it. Make... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 28, 2015
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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28 reviews 28 reviews
16 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

While in Charlottesville, my mom and I decided to go here for a visit. you get a live tour guide who takes you through the small home and the one that was built on to it. Make sure to visit the gardens after your tour.

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North Carolina
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156 reviews 156 reviews
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33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

We left the crowds and commercialization of Jefferson's Monticello to visit and glad we did, lovely home and grounds, a great tour guide and no crowds.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

Most people (like myself) come to the Charlottesville area to see Monticello. However, if you have the time, it is worth a stop a Ashlawn, the home of our fifth president, James Monroe. Definitely more modest than Monticello, but interesting. After purchasing a ticket at the gift shop, you can walk the grounds or go on your appointed tour time... More 

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Pelham Manor, New York
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46 reviews 46 reviews
17 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

If I could give another half "star" to the rating, I would. Aspects of the site --particularly the staff -- were very good and deserve closer to that rating. But on the whole, the site fell short of the mark for me. The $13 price of admission seemed steep considering what you get for that fee. And that included my... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

Beautiful house and grounds . House is small and doesn't,t take long to tour . Tour guide very informative.

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Morristown
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29 reviews 29 reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

Our host was very knowledgeable and really took his time explaining the site. The building s needed some repair but this site was certainly much less crowded and less expensive.

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Plano, Texas
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

Having visited Monticello on previous visits to Charlottesville, we wanted to visit another historical location. We found it very interesting as we knew little about President James Monroe. Our tour guide was very informative and we learned much about early American politics and plantation way of life. I am glad we visited and would recommend it to people who have... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

Yes this is a much more modest estate than Monticello, but a nice morning tourist stop. Lovely grounds. Our guide was so well-informed and was able to explain the various relationships among Monroe and Jefferson, and others. She told us about the house but also good historical information. She was also able to explain the relationship with William and Mary... More 

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Milford, CT
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

First question on the tour was: "What do you know about James Monroe?" My answer was "He was a good friend of Jefferson". The KUDO: Guide said: "That is more than 90% of people who come here know.: This is a tour of an original 2 room house that Monroe added 2 rooms to and later sold. Then more rooms... More 

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Fayetteville, North Carolina
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46 reviews 46 reviews
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Very interesting history and grounds are beautiful, but the house is shabby, unkept and bugs everywhere. Not the way you take care of a place of such historical importance. Not to mention our tour guide dressed like a laundry hamper and smelled as though he was trying to live in 19th century.

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

We’re sorry that you did not enjoy your visit to Ash Lawn-Highland. We have already begun to implement a plan for grounds improvement, which includes stink bug control. Thank you for your comments. We have shared your review with management, as we are always working to improve our visitor experience. More 

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