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Ash Lawn-Highland

Address: 2050 James Monroe Parkway, Charlottesville, VA 22902
Phone Number: 434-293-8000
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: Operated by The College of William and Mary, this historic site is the home of James Monroe, fifth...
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Type: Historic Sites, Sights & Landmarks
Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Owner 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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Hickory, North Carolina
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43 reviews 43 reviews
23 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015 NEW

Stopped here before our scheduled tour at Monticello. It is literally just down the road 2.5 miles from Monticello. I doubt this place ever gets too busy but that is a shame because it is quite an amazing piece of history. It was $14 per person to enter through their large gift shop. You then walk through some tall hedges... More 

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Hanover, Maryland
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

Not having been to any historic sites in Charlottsville, I went to Ash Lawn as part of my training I was in town for. The people were very nice and knowledgeable but felt like there just wasn't enough to warrant staying more than 45 minutes, at most.

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Keswick, Virginia
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8 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

Yes, do Monticello, but please make sure you get to Ash Lawn- Highland! In many ways, this quaint place is much more historically satisfying. The tour is enlightening, highlighting the close relationship between James Monroe and Thomas Jefferson; fewer tourists but unforgettable!

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IL
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Since we had time to spare while we were in the area, we decided to visit Ash-Lawn. Part of the home previously burned to the ground & it was added on to by subsequent owners, so I wasn't hoping for much. I was pleasantly surprised by the tour & the knowledgeable guide. We learned a lot about James Monroe, his... More 

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Greensboro, NC, United States
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

This humble homestead really represents what the founding fathers thought public service should be (unlike the career politician we have today). After public service you should return to your civilian life. I noticed that some on the tour were disappointed, but Monticello was the exception, not the norm for the time.

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Washington, DC
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83 reviews 83 reviews
24 attraction reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

Many people don't bother to visit this gem when in Charlottesville which is a shame. While not as grand, it is fascinating and under appreciated. Definitely worth a visit.

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quebec
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40 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014

Go and see the home of Madison the grounds are beautiful and the home is more spartan than Monticello. It I will be a good way to complete the historical tour if you have time

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New York, New York, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

As part of our outing to Charlottesville, we felt it a must to visit the home of President James Monroe considering we drove all the way from NY and we we went to Montpelier and Monticello. First, this is a much simpler less crowded property to tour and docents were definitely up to speed on their history of James Monroe... More 

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

We're glad to hear that you ultimately enjoyed your visit, but please accept our apologies for the experience you had with your interpreter. Our interpretive staff are trained to provide a pleasant, engaging, and comfortable experience for guests. Visitors are always welcome inside the Massey addition to view the exhibit area before and after their tour. We are disappointed to... More 

Magnolia, New Jersey
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129 reviews 129 reviews
48 attraction reviews
101 helpful votes 101 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

Monticello is a big production. Ash Lawn is low key, humble and quiet. I love them both. William & Mary runs the grounds and conducts the tours, and in many ways the tour guides are superior to those at Monticello. They are historians in their own right, and it was wonderful for a history buff to be leading a tour... More 

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Spring Hill, Tennessee
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38 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

We missed this on our first trip to Cville, so when we went back to visit Monticello again, we decided to include a stop at Ash Lawn-Highland. My wife and I were both pleasantly surprised. The grounds is quite peaceful--a nice change from the busy, crowded Monticello (don't get me wrong, Monticello itself is great, but the crowds can be... More 

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