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James Monroe's Highland

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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 9:00 am - 6:00 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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A new mystery!

It seems what was thought to be Monroe's modest home was really for guests and the original home burned after passing out of the family! I want to know more. The huge oak tree... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
Lori Z
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

It seems what was thought to be Monroe's modest home was really for guests and the original home burned after passing out of the family! I want to know more. The huge oak tree, over 300 years old, is worth the price of admission and I loved the drive up to Ash Lawn through all those old ash trees. The... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

A step back in American History. Very knowledgeable hosts. Some exciting archeological finds to learn about and follow over the next few years. Some of the personal facts about James Monroe tht are shared will give you a greater appreciation for the intellectual capacity of this man and the contributions he made to the early development of the USA. The... More 

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Bayville, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

It's a very nice 1 hour addition to our day at Monticello. The guides are really enthusiastic, but except slow space. I would recommend the garden tour with the kids, not the house tour. There are even a few animals.

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Thank viganiko
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We had a very interesting and informative tour with a great tour guide. She was exceptionally well informed both about the house and James Monroe. Also, there is a very nice gift shop with lots of books about Monroe. When we asked our guide which book she recommended to read about Monroe's life, she gave us a good recommendation along... More 

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Thank Gerald C
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

I visited James Monroe's House last weekend. Very quaint place to visit without the crowds you would see at Monticello. The tour guides were great and very informative. The tour goes through James Monroes Guest House. His original house burned down.

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Thank Porterhub
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a great house to visit. The tour guide was very informative and made it interesting. There are not the crowds here so you do not feel hurried. The grounds are spectacular. Excellent historic landmark. Will visit here again.

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Thank Kenneth M
Aiken, South Carolina
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

in getting tickets and waiting for the tour to start we were told " he was a tour guide and the cashier would help us or answer questions. He was a fair guide and spouted his history in a bored and unenthusiastic way. The house could be lovely, but the border and wallpaper looks cheap and far too modern for... More 

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Thank Kelly S
Lititz, Pennsylvania
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Didn't care for our tour guide she kind of bashed Thomas Jefferson and his home. When we got there they told us this really wasn't Monroe's home that his burnt and they are finding rubble from the home and did not have a lot of items that were his.

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Thank JoAnn C
Roanoke, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Only a short drive from Monticello. Visit the home of James Monroe to get a glimpse of how he modestly lived. The house was built in two stages by Monroe and a subsequent owner, thus the name Ashland-Highland. Look for the unusual chimney that you can walk under.

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Thank Bonnie M
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I drove past James Monroe's Highland, but did not get to visit due to lack of time. I wish that Highland was advertised more. All those visiting Thomas Jefferson's Monticello, know that Highland is just down the road. It looks like it is well worth the stop, especially for history buffs. A must see!

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