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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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Monroe's Home

This was an unexpected part of our tour of the President's homes. The tour guide was very informative and energetic.

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 29, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

This was an unexpected part of our tour of the President's homes. The tour guide was very informative and energetic.

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Telford, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

My wife and I toured Ash Lawn Highland yesterday and had a wonderful experience. We almost missed this treasure but were fortunate enough to get tickets for the tour. Our guide, Anna Ellis, was knowledgeable, friendly and interesting. Unlike some other historic sites, most of the furnishings actually belonged to the Monroes. We now have a much better appreciation for... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

Guided tour plus you can walk the grounds and outer buildings and explore on your own before and after your tour. The tour guide was informative and enthusiastic. There is a picnic table near the parking lot to eat lunch. Lot's of trees provide shade on a hot day! Active duty military is free with ID. The tour and grounds... More 

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Lima, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

The guides at the home were very friendly and did a good job explaining the small home that James Monroe and his wife lived in for part of their life. The guide shared the history of the objects in each room and explained how the Monroe's used each space. The grounds outside were nice and be sure to see the... More 

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Columbia, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

James Monroe isn't the most recognized of our founding fathers, but you can learn a lot from this tour of his property. Each room is a good spot to highlight an element of Monroe's life. The tour guide we had was excellent and had a good command of Monroe's interactions with Jefferson and others. The grounds are lovely, with some... More 

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

Nice facility and tour. It was simple but enjoyable. Everyone was very nice. They offer a very simple, but tasty sandwiches/salads from the gift shop. My son and I ate them at the picnic table before the tour. There are also sheep, hens, and peacocks at the place which was a big hit. Children 5 and under are free, plus... More 

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West Milford, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

Having visited both Montpelier and Monticello prior to arriving at Ash Lawn-Highland, we were expecting something less. Yes, the house is certainly very modest compared to the other two, but our tour guide was excellent and we learned as much about Monroe and his family as we did about Jefferson and Madison. Overall, an enjoyable experience. If you visit Monticello... More 

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Staunton, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

Whereas Thomas Jefferson lived like a Renaissance prince, James Monroe lived like a gentleman farmer. The contrast is astounding. the tour takes about 1/2 hour, and there are out buildings and ground level rooms to explore on your own. There are interactive parts, especially the kitchen which we found very interesting. archaeological digs are going on. It's easy to do... More 

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Kissimmee, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

The tour is the best part of the visit. If you are a history buff this will be up your alley. There are cows, peacocks, sheep and chickens but you can see them anywhere. Plan two hours at the most. If you time it right an hour is a good visit.

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Alba, MO
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

I didn't know a lot about this President until now, but I learned a lot on this visit. I certainly recommend visiting Ashland-Highland for any U.S. history enthusiast. Knowledgeable and interesting guides.,

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Additional Information about Ash Lawn-Highland

Address: 2050 James Monroe Parkway, Charlottesville, VA 22902
Phone Number: +1 434-293-8000
Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Charlottesville
Open Hours:
Sunday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Monday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 14 - 14

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