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“Impressive historic site”

James Monroe's Highland
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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.
Reviewed March 24, 2012

Comparisons with Monticello are natural. Fascinating to see the home of two distinguished US Presidents in proximity and to get a feeling for their friendship.

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Reviewed March 20, 2012

We are so used to the grand space of Mount Vernon and the amazing architecture of Monticello, but this house is just so different - small, unassuming, quaint. It's a great way to round out your view of the lives of our presidents and it also makes you wonder how they hosted all the people who wanted to come visit. Definitely interesting and well worth a visit.

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Reviewed March 11, 2012

Ashlawn-Highland is not as showy or as large as its more impressive and famous neighbor Monticello. But as a result there is an intimacy and a personality that comes through on the grounds which gives a very different feel. While Monticello feels like a museum, Ashlawn feels like a home.

Especially fun are the plantation days they run usually just before school starts in the late summer. Lots of activities for kids from games to cooking, candle dipping to animals, it's a great time for the family.

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Reviewed February 27, 2012

We visited Ash Lawn-Highland on a Saturday afternoon in February. The parking lot for Monticello was full, so we decided to go to the presidential home that was less visited.
We got a private tour, with Elizabeth, a very knowledgeable and enthusiastic guide. By the time we were finished, Elizabeth made me curious enough to want to read Napoleon's biography (his step children were close friends of James Monroe's older daughter) and revisit what I had learned about the Monroe doctrine so many years ago.
My favorite part of the tour was the replicas of Elizabeth's gowns and the peek at her underwear which partially explained her very tiny waistline.

You can also visit the kitchens below the house, the house slave and overseer's cottages and the grounds after the guided tour concludes.
We weren't able to find the resident peacocks, but the sheep and the three babies were snoozing in the pasture.
If you want to avoid crowds, you could save Monticello for a week day and visit Ash Lawn-Highlands on the weekend. It is definitely a treat for history lovers.

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Reviewed February 26, 2012

But worth a visit if you are going to Monticello anyway. It is very small and not sure how authentic most of the house is. The yellow sided part of the house is not even part of Monroes original house - only the white house is original - at least that is what we were told. The yellow is an extension added on by later owners. Modest and humble abode compared to Monticello. Kids had fun investigating underground kitchen, bathroom, slave quarters, and other farm buildings. They have peacocks, chickens, and sheep ( the little lambs were precious even for a city girl like me - I fell in love with them all snuggled up with their mamas)

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