James Monroe's Highland
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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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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1-2 hours
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Weary Travellery
Lexington, KY140 contributions
Aug 2021
We toured Monroe's estate the day after we toured Monticello, and it was really interesting to compare the two and their owner's vision for each.

The grounds of Highland are a feast for the eyes and you can easily spend an hour wandering around the various buildings, garden areas and animal corrals (the sheep and chickens will delight kids). The visitor's center has a welcome collection of cold drinks and a good selection of souvenirs.

A guided tour is a must to fully understand and appreciate Monroe's estate, and it does get you inside a portion of the house. Not up to Monticello's level, but interesting enough to make it worth it. Our guide was very informative and good at answering questions, especially about the "original" house that burned down at some point and that archaeologists are still trying to puzzle out.

If you're in the area, it would be silly to pass by this intimate look at part of our early history.
Written August 29, 2021
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Americansportswriter
Washington DC, DC294 contributions
Jul 2021
The 20-minute narrated tour that's included in the $10 admission is a must to understand the estate's history, why there's no presidential home and the nuances of the property. Overall, might be one hour of walking around at the nation's fifth president's home that's only minutes from Monticello. Gardens are nice, overall view is spectacular and it's an easy walk. There is a brief look inside one building.
Written July 25, 2021
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Holly W
Reading, PA510 contributions
Sep 2022
This is a much more modest estate than Monticello or Montpelier. It has beautiful grounds that are easy to walk and enjoy. You can see most of it in about an hour. You'll appreciate the colorful wallpapers and the extensive amount of original furnishings.

It's self guided with people willing to answer questions and engage in conversation. Go at your own pace or stay and chat with very knowledgeable staff.
Written September 25, 2022
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ransom007
Anaheim, CA1,206 contributions
Aug 2021
Parking at this attraction is free. After paying the admission charge in the gift shop you are free to walk the grounds. There are also periodic 1/2 hour guided tours. There is much good information about James Monroe but most of the historical buildings are long gone.
Written October 25, 2021
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Kate Illinois1
Illinois4,191 contributions
May 2022
Ample parking. Tickets $16.00 per adult. No guided tours on regular basis. $32.00 for an underwhelming self guided tour. Only Saving Grace was the gentleman in the guesthouse that was very informative on the furnishings in guest house. Be sure to visit Jefferson and Madison homes. If in Fredericksburg, be sure to visit the Monroe museum in his restored building- a well thought out comprehensive history of Mr Monroe. (AAA discount is $4.50 for admission)
Written May 18, 2022
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JeffBreedlove
Atlanta, GA4,236 contributions
May 2021 • Family
A wonderful Presidential site and a must visit for everyone who loves America. The grounds are wonderful. The historical importance is extraordinary. We appreciated our guided tour - I strongly recommend taking the guided tour - and take time to fully explore the grounds

Plenty of free parking

Go enjoy
Written May 26, 2021
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cbruckman
Asheville, NC160 contributions
Apr 2021
We came to see James Monroe’s house, but it’s long gone. The tour guide brought us to a patch of dirt where she said they believed the house might have once stood. The property does have a guest house and slave quarters, but the guide admitted that they had been decorated incorrectly (The house she’d indicated as a slave quarter was decked out in fancy wallpaper, antiques, and a four-poster bed). It seems that Monroe spent very little time there, as he was living in France most of the time he owned it. My impression is that the place was more of an investment in slave farming, and maybe an occasional retreat for when Monroe wanted to visit his friend Thomas Jefferson. The surrounding views were lovely, but it’s not worth the admission price. You can pretty much see it all by just standing near the white-picket fence.
Written April 3, 2021
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Road_warriorXTRM
Philadelphia, PA307 contributions
Jul 2021 • Couples
We visited Monroe’s plantation which is very near Jefferson’s Monticello estate. The visit took about 1.5 hours but we did not take the house tour. Actually the property is really more of a Monroe guest house and a home build by the Masse family after the property was sold by Monroe. It is a nice property to visit if you time allows while in Charlottesville but I would not consider to be a must do. The staff are very knowledgeable and easily approached to answer questions. It is unfortunately that Monroe essentially died in bankruptcy and a large portion of his land was appropriated by the government and today is the location of UVA.
Written July 3, 2021
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BBBBTravel
Lehigh Valley, PA1,419 contributions
Mar 2021 • Couples
Enjoyed a private tour given by gracious and knowledgeable guide.

Surprised that his home is not standing. Only the footprint.

Guest House which was constructed during monroe’s lifetime is architecturally cool but (because it was only recently learned it was not his home, interior is being redesigned and in transition. Lots of interesting artifacts and furnishings.)

Beautiful grounds and lots of potential.
Written March 13, 2021
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SunSonia
Little Silver, NJ166 contributions
Jun 2022 • Couples
We took the afternoon tour with Jeff and learned quite a bit about the history of James Monroe and his family and this estate. Everyone was friendly and our tour guide Jeff was particularly knowledgeable and eager to answer questions. Visiting the guest house and gardens was delightful and highly recommend it. The highlands is a beautiful spot.
Written June 29, 2022
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