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“History is Always Nice but this spot is just average” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of James Monroe's Highland

James Monroe's Highland
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$105.00*
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Part of William & Mary, this historic site is the home of James Monroe, fifth president of the United States.
Virginia
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258 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 144 helpful votes
“History is Always Nice but this spot is just average”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 3, 2012

So many President's homes here, so little time; this one can get lost in the shuffle.

Visited January 2012
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Baltimore
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
“VERY interesting.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 30, 2011

We had an excellent guide who had tons of knowledge. (Older, tall gentleman) Kept my 11 year old glued for an hour. Best to buy a package of all 3 places, Monticello, this place and Michie Tavern.
Pretty area.

Visited December 2011
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“only see if you have the time”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 13, 2011

A nice drive to see, and great history, but beyond that the grounds aren't inspiring. The tour guide was nice, but not the woman greeting us and manning the sparse gift shop.

Visited September 2011
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
“okay, guide needed to shorten the story telling”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 12, 2011

The visit was overshadowed by the long winded guide who got carried away often forgetting exactly where or what story she was telling. We were left standing listening to her rambling and all looking at each other to try and give her the idea that she was off track. Lucky there were only 8 people all of whom were very patient. Only parts of the house and furniture original.

Visited December 2011
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Richmond, Virginia
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“A must see when in the Charlottesville area!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 26, 2011

The day after Thanksgiving, my wife and I decided to make a trek over to the Charlottesville area. We had lunch at the Jefferson Winery and then travelled a short distance to the home of President James Monroe.

James Monroe's home and grounds are not as familiar to people as Mt. Vernon or Monticello, but every bit as wonderful of an experience! From the main road, you will turn off onto a private pathway that takes you to President Monroe's home. The path is lined on both sides with Ash trees. I would highly recommend one to take a couple of hours, to tour his home and the beautiful grounds of this 535 acre estate.

Take your camera and some comfortable walking shoes. The only place where photos are NOT allowed, is inside the home. The tour guide conducted a very interesting, fact filled tour of the home, James Madison's life, and this period in history. It takes approximately 45 minutes for the tour. The gift shop, where you will purchase your tickets, offers some different gift items that are not found just anywhere.

Visited November 2011
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