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James Monroe's Highland

2050 James Monroe Pkwy, Charlottesville, VA 22902-7546
+1 434-293-8000
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Part of William & Mary, this historic site is the home of James Monroe, fifth president of the United States.
  • Excellent48%
  • Very good34%
  • Average16%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“guest house” (28 reviews)
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2050 James Monroe Pkwy, Charlottesville, VA 22902-7546
+1 434-293-8000
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Reviewed May 1, 2016

Enjoyed this tour after Monticello. We had a fantastic gentleman who conducted our tour. He was so knowledgeable and so great at handling the group. He gave us so much history and explained the connection between all of the early founding fathers of our country....More

1  Thank Jerry B
Reviewed April 27, 2016 via mobile

Ash Lawn-Highland was such a different experience compared to Monticello! Where Monticello was highly organized and busy with lots of tours - James Monroe's home and estate was much smaller but by no means less interesting or significant. There were only 4 people on our...More

1  Thank G9397STpats
Reviewed April 26, 2016

We have been to Monticello several times so we decided to visit Monroe's Ash-Lawn Highland this trip. Ever wonder why you only see the small Cape-Cod piece of house that is attached to a federalist house when looking up Monroe's home? Welllllll, that's because of...More

Thank pls1721
Reviewed April 21, 2016

The tree lined driveway is so scenic that leads you to the visitor area. The entire place is a beautiful setting. The brick lined walkways are a little rough for those having difficulty walking. Archeologists were digging out front the yellow house and were very...More

1  Thank mrsbaa85
Reviewed April 21, 2016

By Jefferson/Madison/Washington standards this was meh...It is 15 minutes from Montecello so it wasn't a complete waste of time.

Thank David A
Reviewed April 20, 2016

After Montecello, anything will be a bit of a letdown. This is a very little frame house that is only partly original. There is ongoing archeological work on the grounds which is very interesting. There are three outbuildings and a cellar/kitchen to explore. Very peaceful...More

Thank Carl R
Reviewed April 20, 2016

Ash Lawn-Highland is small in comparison to the large estates of Thomas Jefferson (Monticello) and James Madison (Montpelier). But after touring it, I learned that this was only a part time home for Monroe when he was in Charlottesville and that he had several other...More

Thank igolfCA
Reviewed April 19, 2016

Owned by University of William & Mary, the estate of Ash Lawn-Highland is modest in scale when compared to the nearby estates of Montpelier and Monticello, but is well worth a stop for those who are interested in American History.

Thank doris w
Reviewed April 16, 2016

We visited on a cold and windy day. We were told to wait outside the house for the tour but other people waited inside. The yellow house added after Monroe owned the house needs repairs. The tour of Monroe's part of the home was good,...More

Thank kenneth w
Jason W, Manager at James Monroe's Highland, responded to this reviewResponded April 18, 2016

Thank you for your visit! We appreciate your feedback and will be addressing your concerns. In regards to the state of the Massey House, rest assured that we are currently undergoing a complete exterior renovation, including painting and other cosmetic repairs. We hope you will...More

Reviewed April 15, 2016

I enjoyed visiting this Presidential home because I learned a lot about Madison that I never knew before and I was only one of 3 people on the tour so I got to ask tons of questions! It is worth it if you are in...More

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