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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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Reviewed today via mobile

We had an excellent tour guide but if had it do again, would have definitely skipped the virtual tour. Lots of original James Monroe items in what was originally the guest house but worth the time to visit.

Thank Brad G
Reviewed 2 days ago

When driving up the lovely avenue of trees , one expects a grand home to be there. Not so..but wait!, The ongoing archeological discovery of Monroe’s home’s original foundation lends a fascinating edge to the tour. Our guide was absolutely fabulous, and Made the history...More

Thank genebilbro
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

William and Mary run this historic sight home of James Monroe, 5th President of the US. Very knowledgeable docents who are happy to answer all your questions. The house and guest house are smaller than Monticello by far. Gardens, well house and gardens, smokehouse, slave...More

Thank B W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Not as fabulous looking as Monticello or Montpelier but nonetheless an interesting and educational tour. Those giant oak trees are a must see too.

Thank Sherryl F
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The Highland is near Monticello and worth a visit. This was my first time there despite living nearby for years. It was nice to finally make it. We went on a Friday morning early to avoid the summer heat. We were the first ones there...More

Thank oldstocks
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The team at Highland (to mention a few - Sara, Nancy, Douglas) are passionate about their work and it shows! Beautiful grounds to explore! It was recently discovered that the true home of Monroe was lost to a fire and the current home on the...More

Thank ChloeVinny
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Different in the fact that the house is not there. So it's all speculation based on notes, old photos etc. In spite of that, it was well presented. Our guide was well informed and really good with the younger members of our large group of...More

Thank Yvette C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The tour of this property was quite different than those of Monticello or Montpelier. The original house is no longer standing and there are no plans to rebuild since another structure is present. However, other structures are present and include rooms decorated as the Monroes...More

1  Thank Carol S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We saw this the day after seeing Mount Vernon. This is much smaller but it is a nice place. We did the augmented reality tour which I would skip if I ever went back. I learned the same things on the tour. We had a...More

Thank Jen O
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My family and I recently visited after visiting Monticello. Ash-Lawn Highland is certainly very different. The house is actually not the original and simply built according to what archaeologists believe the house to have looked like. Nevertheless, it is placed in the same grounds which...More

1  Thank Victoria N
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