James Monroe's Highland

James Monroe's Highland, Charlottesville: Tickets, Tours, Hours, Address, James Monroe's Highland Reviews: 4.5/5

James Monroe's Highland
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 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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Kevin W
Altoona, AL227 contributions
History Being Found!
It's cool when history is unearthed. The last time I had visited in the late 90's, the yellow house was considered where Jame Monroe lived.....BUT...they have recently found evidence that he didn't live in it. In fact they have found foundation to his original home! They are continuing to do archaeology digs there.
The house on the rear IS original along with two small buildings used by the Overseer.
We enjoyed the tour and the guide was so gracious to answer the many questions we had. We also liked visiting the farm animals too for a bit. If you come here expecting Monticello, it's not.....it's still a work in progress in finding more things from his original home and the foundation. Still worth the time to tour it and learn about Jame Monroe.
Written June 11, 2021
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Kelly J
Arlington, VA14 contributions
Don't Overlook Monroe's Estate During Your Monticello Visit!
This is the estate of our Fifth President and Jefferson's protege, James Monroe. He also served as Minister to France and Great Britian, as well as Secretary of State under another neighbor, James Madison. His estate is humble compared to Monticello's, but the visit is much less expensive and the tour guides will spend plenty of time with you. Much has been discovered about the estate over the past decade, and we were able to visit with local archeologists about some of the new discoveries. Don't pass this place by on your visit to the area. It's worth an hour of your time, and that's all it will take.
Written May 30, 2021
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JeffBreedlove
Atlanta, Georgia3,836 contributions
Important American History
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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Shawn H
Washington DC, DC160 contributions
Birds and the Bees at Highland
We stopped by this historic site on our short trip into Charlottesville. The weather was nice and the birds and bumble bees were singing and buzzing around pleasantly. The little gift shop was pleasant and the person at the front desk was friendly in welcoming us and directing us to our tour. We had a small group for the entirely outdoor tour of the site - which included a later house on the site, the location of the foundation of the original house, and the guest house. The tour was short and hit the highpoints of James Monroe's history. Its too bad his original house burned down and there aren't indoor tours of the new house on the site. The location does have some chickens and livestock, and a small garden for strolling. Worth a stop.
Written April 20, 2021
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TravelGal
Allentown, United States16 contributions
We did Highland Trails only
We visited Monticello, Highland and Montpelier during this trip. Highland was the only one where we didn't do the tour. We were a bit museum-ed out. Unlike Monticello and Montpelier, there is no museum or movie on the property so we decided to skip. From what we observed of those that took the tour, it was pretty quick, but we can't really speak to it. We absolutely loved the hike we took and appreciate that you can just walk the grounds outside of the immediate building. Beautiful for a spring day. The staff we encountered were very professional and gracious. Giftshop was cute.
Written April 5, 2021
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cbruckman
Asheville, NC126 contributions
Disappointing
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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Adam A
Cincinnati, OH11 contributions
Definitely worth a visit
This is a really cool experience. I say that because they are just now finding out a lot more about this property than they knew 5 years ago. I expect a lot of things to be updated over the next few years. Monroe is a really fascinating individual often overshadowed by the likes of Jefferson and Madison. But it’s worth visiting and learning all the incredible things he did.
Written March 18, 2021
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BBBBTravel
Lehigh Valley, PA1,279 contributions
Imagination Needed
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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Jeff M
Washington DC, DC37 contributions
Tour
Don’t need more then two to three hours but worth a visit if you are in the area to see Monticello or Montpelier. They recently discovered the foundation for President Monroe’s actual house! The tour guide was very knowledgeable. We were able to go in a few rooms. They have an extensive trail network.
Written November 23, 2020
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Richard C
Virginia624 contributions
The Highland Trails
I went up to Highland just to walk the trails which are free and open to all. Just check in at the visitors' entrance, and someone there will tell you how to set off on your walk. I took the blue trail -- everything is well marked -- which takes about an hour. When you finished, they ask that you check back to say goodbye. Great walk, quiet setting.
Written November 20, 2020
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