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Address: 2050 James Monroe Pkwy, Charlottesville, VA 22902-7546
Phone Number: +1 434-293-8000
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Part of William & Mary, this historic site is the home of James Monroe,...

Part of William & Mary, this historic site is the home of James Monroe, fifth president of the United States.

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Nice stop

Our tour guide on the Saturday after thanksgiving was great. She really knew her material and seemed to enjoy her job. We've been on a number of tours and usually the visitors... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Kettering, Ohio
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Kettering, Ohio
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19 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Our tour guide on the Saturday after thanksgiving was great. She really knew her material and seemed to enjoy her job. We've been on a number of tours and usually the visitors are friendly but this group seemed to be a quiet crowd and she handled it well. Most of the buildings were not original to Monroe but LOTS of... More 

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Syracuse, NY
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We had already been to Monticello and Montpelier by the time we went to Highland. I refer to it as the red-headed stepchild of presidential homes... The actual home burned down, so the guest house has been outfitted with authentic Monroe pieces so you could understand how they might have lived. The tour guide was good and the house was... More 

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Kitzmiller, Maryland
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited Highland because we were visiting Monticello, and they are close. The tour guide could have been better. The house and grounds are nice. They have a good collection of Monroe artifacts. It's worth a visit, but I wouldn't go without already being in the area.

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

So recent discoveries show that this was not actually James Monroe's home. The house that you tour, decorated in the style of the time that he and his wife lived, is now thought to have been a guest house. The other, larger yellow house, was long known to have been built after the Monroes sold the property. This past year... More 

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New Britain, Connecticut
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The land belonged to Monroe, however, the house that is standing there is not his -- recent archaeological find has the outline of the foundation of the house there. The tour is excellent -- has vintage furniture, including pieces that did indeed belong to Monroe.

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Charlottesville, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Three of the first five Presidents lived within 45 minutes of Charlottesville. Madison is the farthest, 45 min, but the homes of Monroe and Jefferson are right outside town. And visits to these places are exactly like a living history tour. Amazing

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Charlottesville, Virginia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Near UVA but manage by William and Mary, interesting. Nice place to bring a blanket and have a bottle of Virginia wine that you got at the winery before you got here or three down the road,...yes, the Trump winery. It is a history home, best seen in good weather and in the summer. Not really that much to see.

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Claremont, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you go expecting to see another Montecello you will be disappointed as this is a far more modest home and not even the original, but it was interesting nonetheless and an easy stop if you are in the area.

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Fairfax, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We have visited Charlottesville a few times now and were looking for a new attraction. We found a wonderful one at James Monroe's Highland. The guide was exceptional and made the tour one of the best we have been on in this area. We learned so much about James Monroe and his contribution to our country. He is a President... More 

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pittsburgh, pa
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is the property of President Monroe, but it was recently discovered that the house was not one he lived in. They do have some items owned by the President. Having toured Monticello that morning, I would've passed on this tour had I been aware of this.

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