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Ash Lawn-Highland

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Address: 2050 James Monroe Parkway, Charlottesville, VA 22902
Phone Number: 434-293-8000
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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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A working property with active archaeological dig and garden. Maintained by William and Mary, the school provides interesting sites and works. Tour guide was not as good as at... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 22, 2015
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Danville, Pennsylvania
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42 reviews 42 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

Ash Lawn-Highland was the home of James Monroe. It is rather humble compared to Monticello, which is in the neighborhood. I thought the admission of $14 for an adult a bit high. That said, we had a very nice, informative tour and enjoyed our visit. My advice- visit Ash Lawn before, not after Monticello.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

A working property with active archaeological dig and garden. Maintained by William and Mary, the school provides interesting sites and works. Tour guide was not as good as at Montpelier, but good.

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Reading, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

Easy to find along the road not far of a drive from Monticello. Not as crowded as the domed house so good to go to for a break and to learn about Monroe. You will purchase your tickets in the gift shop and they will indicate the time of your house tour. His house is small but you can see... More 

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new york
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

I was at the gift shop in Monticello when another out of state visitor suggested that we make time for Ash Lawn. I did not think we would have time, but thankfully Ash Lawn was open till 6. We spent from 9 to 2 at Monticello, had lunch and a tour at Michie Tavern. We arrived at Ashlawn at 4.... More 

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Boston
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

I saw my Monticello and the James Monroe house in the same day. James Monroe's house is very intimate. The guide was very good and it was interesting to find out that part of the house was being excavated on our visit. I recommend a visit to this house.

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Fredericksburg, Virginia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

Articles boast about the home containing all original furnishings. During the tour, my sister and I both questioned the authenticity of those statements. UVA only recently discovered the parlor couldn't possibly have been built during Monroe's time. Still it was a fun experience and the admission price ($13 w/ AAA discount) was reasonable. We enjoyed watching the man (forget his... More 

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State College, PA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

Definitely worth a visit to James Monroe's Ash Lawn Highland residence near Monticello. This retreat is probably smaller than most people expect, but Matt Black, our tour guide in the house shared very interesting information, and his genuine enthusiasm for Monroe's significant contributions to our history made the experience extra special for us.

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Detroit, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

Once again another piece of history preserved and well worth the visit. Plenty to see and a great place for history buffs. The gardens are spectacular so spring time is a nice time to stop by.

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Pennsilvania
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

It is a nice little home, not as impressive as Monticello but still worth a visit. Entrance fee $14.00 pp. The bathrooms are located next to the gift shop. You buy your tickets inside the shop, the entrance to the home is through the shop too. If hungry, they sell drinks and cookies. The tour lasted 35 minutes. The rooms... More 

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Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

Just happened upon Monroe's residence. Not the grandeur of Monticello, but so close, worth a stop. Beautiful tree-lined drive to the house. Very reasonable entry fee. Not crowded. We (2) were the only ones on our tour

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