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“Fascinating history, fewer crowds”

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 April 8, 2012

More down-to-earth than Monticello. Loved learning about James Monroe and his family. Well kept and interesting.

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Reviewed April 4, 2012

There isn't much to see, but it does contain one of the "prettiest rooms ever" or some such designation. The grounds are very pretty and peaceful and it's surprising how modest the house and grounds are. Loud music was blaring from the barn when we were there, as a big dance was being held there later that evening and the DJ was doing sound tests or something.

Most of the house was closed off, but it was worth a look in between going to vineyards.

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Reviewed March 28, 2012

The contrast between Jefferson's Monticello and Monroe's Ash Lawn is quite dramatic for President's who lived three miles apart.

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Reviewed March 27, 2012

So often when visitors come to town, I race over to the University, up to Monticello, and it's Jefferson, Jefferson, Jefferson. The other day, as part of the Virginia Festival of the Book, I went up to Ash Lawn for the first time in years. The grounds are rolling, the mountain views are more subtle, and house is a house. It's wonderful. Drive the extra two miles and enjoy the quieter, simpler side of Charlottesville.

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Reviewed March 27, 2012

Ash Lawn is worth visiting. It is less crowded than neighboring Monticello. It is interesting to learn about Monroe's life and to see the home, though he did not live in the house very long. Most of the furnishings are reproductions.

The house is quite modest, and unlike most historic homes, here you walk into the rooms without being kept behind barriers.

The grounds are attractive for a short walk after touring the house.

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