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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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West Grove, Pennsylvania
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

James Monroe's home is part of Monticello's neighborhood pass. The tour guide is outstanding with his knowledge of James Monroe and his presidency. He seemed to be such a quiet humble man but accomplished an incredible amount for our young fledgling nation. WIthout his leadership we would not have become the great nation we have been. Stop to learn about... More

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Chicago, Ilinois
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Nice, low key. Go early in the day so you don't have to wait. Much less prestigious than Monticello but a lovely place. The grounds are beautiful. If you like birds, this is a great place to walk the grounds. The tour guide (probably a William and Mary student) was knowledgeable and helpful.

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87 reviews 87 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

We had a very good time visiting James Monroe's house. The ground were beautiful and the house and out buildings were very interesting. We spent about 3 hours on the property and enjoyed every minutes of it. It's a must see if you love history.

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Abingdon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Was truly surprised at this home which is a lot smaller than other President's homes in the area. The guide was very good and gave a great talk about the house and people .

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Bryan, Texas
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54 reviews 54 reviews
9 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Had such high hopes for our visit based on reviews here but sadly was disappointed. While the young lady who did our tour (which was just me and my husband) was nice and knowledgeable it was basically her repeating facts that I could have read from a book. And I'm ok with facts but make it exciting, make it interesting,... More

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Sydney
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108 reviews 108 reviews
42 attraction reviews
102 helpful votes 102 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

This attraction is easy to find if you use Google Maps. Its near Michie Tavern and Monticello, maybe two miles further and well marked. I was attending a high school class reunion and had dinner in one of their function rooms so it wasn't your average tour but they did give us a free escorted tour (as one of my... More

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Oakton, Virginia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

I'm giving it three stars because it LOOKED lovely from the outside, not that we were allowed to enter. A wedding had booked up the remaining tour time for the day, but nobody thought to update the website or even put a sign at the entrance. As out of town tourists who are trying to see as much as we... More

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

We are very sorry to hear about the unsatisfactory experience you had at Ash Lawn-Highland. Because we are a small historic site that also accommodates private events and weddings, we do have scheduling conflicts from time to time, and we try to communicate changes in tours as much as possible. It appears that we failed to do so in this... More

Frederick, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

President James Monroe's home is a best kept secret. We arrived early in the morning and our tour group was small....only 10 people. Our tour guide, Ms. Brown, was so incredibly knowledgable. She was engaging and if there was anything she didn't know, she made sure to provide the answer before we left. Overshadowed by nearby Monticello (Thomas Jefferson's grand... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

This is a nice historic presidential home. It's not as big and flashy (or crowded) as Monticello, but it's still got a lot of history. They have done their best to recreate the style of the time period in the home. And they do have a surprising number of actual authentic pieces the Monroe family owned and used. It's fairly... More

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Aruba
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

The Ash Lawn-Highland is definitely the least funded of the Residences of Past Presidents/Founding Fathers we visited in Virginia. However, the interpreter was very good and the history of this President very interesting. Because of the fact that this is probably one of the most underrecognized of the first Presidents, it's less crowded than all of them, and our family... More

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