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James Monroe's Highland

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Part of William & Mary, this historic site is the home of James Monroe, fifth president of the United States.
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2050 James Monroe Pkwy, Charlottesville, VA 22902-7546
+1 434-293-8000
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All reviews ash lawn guest house original house our tour guide original furniture small house down the road presidential history jefferson's monticello founding fathers great tour gift shop grounds are lovely interesting history his life charlottesville area worth a stop
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

If you like visiting the site of Presidential homes then it’s worth stopping in. However, the house on site is not the original house and Monroe never lived in it...more or less. They have curated decently, but I personally found the tour to take twice...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Virginia was home to multiple presidents. James Monroe's Highland is not as big or exceptional, but seems to have been a beautiful property which he returned to as often as he could. There continues to be excavations and exploration of his property as history here...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank RecreationV
Reviewed 1 week ago

VISIT HERE!! Our guide (I think it was Michelle - she was not tall and has beautiful blue eyes) did a terrific job bringing James Monroe to life in a house that turns out was really not where he lived. I left feeling much closer...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed December 11, 2018

Decided to try something new in the Charlottesville Area. James Monroe Highland was a nice stop just a few miles from Monticello! The Augmented Reality tour is really great. It shows you a hybrid of audio and digital imagery while looking at the real world...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Jamie S
Reviewed November 5, 2018

We found out that what was thought to be James Monroe's original home was built much later by others. But the history and artifacts saved were of interest and the docent was very very good. Located in a quiet serene place and a good way...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 28, 2018

The actual home burned, so it is outlined on the property with rocks. A tour is given through the property's original (?) guest house, which is quite small, but the rooms are set up to resemble what the rooms might have looked like in the...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 23, 2018

We were on a tour of 4 US President homes in the area. This one was interesting and told about Monroe's accomplishments. It did not really have much to share as far as actual home of Monroe as the actual home had been destroyed by...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 22, 2018 via mobile

The house almost is a total recreation as it burned down at one time. Some furniture belonged to Monroe. At best it’s a guess and interpretation of what they think it would’ve looked like since very little was written down by Monroe in contrast to...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank MarlenieGS
Reviewed October 21, 2018

Learned alot about James Madison and the Constitution. Kids loved talking to James Madison about literature (no James Madison has not read Harry Potter) and marriage.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 14, 2018 via mobile

This was a very nice historic tour. This is a colonial tour that is only recently available, as the home was privately owned. Has active archeological digs going. The guide was very precise in relaying lifestyles. Beautiful grounds and Cafe is wonderful for a break.

Date of experience: April 2018
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