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Ash Lawn-Highland, Charlottesville

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Once the private home of James Monroe, the country's fifth president, Ash Lawn-Highland is now a working farm, museum, and a performing arts venue open to the public year-round. Monroe and his family purchased the property in 1793 and lived in the modest house until personal debt forced them to sell the entire estate in 1825. To see just how this American president lived away from the public eye, join a short tour of the house, which contains a collection of original Monroe family furnishings. You can also visit Thomas Jefferson's famous "Monticello" plantation--visible from the Monroe house porch--by purchasing a discounted combination ticket for both historic sites. Check online for opening hours and tour rates. Put Ash Lawn-Highland and other Charlottesville attractions into our Charlottesville vacation generator, and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • Beautiful setting. The docent led tour was interesting and informative. Most of the buildings date to after President Monroe's time at Highland. There are several rooms from the Monroe period or somet...  more »
  • My husband and I visited Highland. We didn't realize that the house on the property as it stands is not the original house that Monroe lived in. That house burned down in the 1840s or 1850s, but the o...  more »
  • We have been visiting Highland for more than 30 years. We just took a tour in January 2017 There had been recent excavations and discoveries. It was a pleasure to learn of new information about the ho...  more »