By no means is Ash Lawn-Highland as grand or majestic as either Monticello or Montpelier, yet I still liked it. It's a good representation of well to-do Virginia plantation owner. The house is smaller but still beautiful. I also enjoyed learning about James Monroe and his contributions to American history. What was also neat is his close relationship with Thomas Jefferson as Monticello is only 2 miles away. It was Jefferson who suggested Monroe buy the land adjacent to his, so the 2 friends could live near each other.
If you don't have alot of time, ALH is a great place to visit b/c it does not take as long as Monticello or Montpelier. Plus, it's run by The College of William and Mary, my alma mater. Thus it holds a special place in my heart.
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