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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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Gem located near Monticello

Beautiful gardens and home. Excellent docents review history of property. Close to Monticello. Easy to see this during the same day trip to Monticello.

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 27, 2015
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North East, Maryland
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North East, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Beautiful gardens and home. Excellent docents review history of property. Close to Monticello. Easy to see this during the same day trip to Monticello.

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Butler, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

I am sure that many people look down upon this estate and tour when you compare it directly to Jefferson's Monticello only a few miles away. I feel that you must separate your expectations in order to truly enjoy this place. Since Monroe's house is smaller and there is less to see, the tour guide had to depend on a... More 

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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

Not a lot to see. Poor interpretation of slavery and how they were "really" treated. Monroe lived quite a luxurious life at the expense of his slaves.

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW via mobile

After seeing some of the attractions in the area it is hard to compare. This is what it is, it was a working farm and a very simple modest home. It is worth a stop though if you are in the area. It would take about an hour or so to get the tour and walk the grounds. W We... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

President James Monroe's estate is small, compared to President Jefferson's Monticello. It is situated next to Monticello and consists of about one thousand acres. President Jefferson encouraged President Monroe to buy this estate in the late 1790s. Over the next two decades, President Monroe added additions to the house. He, his wife and two daughters lived there for about 24... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 714 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

James Monroe's Ash Lawn-Highland plantation can't be compared to George Washington's Mount Vernon or Thomas Jefferson's Monticello or even James Madison's Montpelier. But it was the home of one of our nation's most famous statesmen, the fifth President of the United States and the author of the Monroe Doctrine, so it deserves a salute. Monroe purchased the land in 1793... More 

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The Villages, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Don't skip this when doing all the Presidents' homes in the area. Each one is unique and captures the various lifestyles of the times. It is amazing to realize how close Monroe, Madison and Jefferson were. Evidence of their great friendship is displayed in each of their homes. Ash Lawn contains much of the actual furniture and dishes of the... More 

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Chicago
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

I wish I was not late...I stayed too long at Monticello and than I was not able to get inside this home of 5th president Monroe.

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Mooresville, NC
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

My favorite thing about Highland is the Ash lined driveway. Absolutely stunning! I also enjoyed the fact that the pastures on either side of the driveway had cattle in them and there were a few animals (sheep, chickens and peacocks) behind the house. The house isn't the showplace that Monticello or Montpelier are, but then Monroe didn't have the resources... More 

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Culloden, West Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

Beautiful visit, tour guide was great telling us facts you often hear about, beautiful grounds, while this is not as impressive as Thomas Jeffersons Home it's well worth the time and it just a mile or so from Michie Tavern

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