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James Monroe's Highland, Charlottesville

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Once the private home of James Monroe, the country's fifth president, James Monroe's 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 James Monroe's Highland and other Charlottesville attractions into our Charlottesville vacation generator, and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • The original house is essentially gone. The tour guide was pretty vague about the history of the house as well as Monroe's contribution during his presidency. Not money well spent. 
  • James Monroe's Ash Lawn-Highland plantation, which is adjacent to Thomas Jefferson's Monticello near Charlottesville, Virginia, pales in comparison to Jefferson's home. But, like Jefferson, Monroe was...  more »
  • Worth checking out while you visit Monticello. It is less than a mile away. Another beautiful property, but quite different from Monticello so it is interesting to see the contrast between the homes o...  more »
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  • Recent events have uncovered that the house you are shown is not his real house. The real house burned down. Do you get to see where the foundation is? No. They have it blocked off, as most of the yard as well. Many of the artifacts in the house are replicas, not the real thing. And maybe I was unlucky, but my tour guide was very monotone and generic. You could tell he said the same thing every time, and never deviated from it. When I asked questions about the place, he stammered and couldn't answer. To top it off, they have the audacity to say that the GUEST ROOM is part of the SLAVES QUARTERS. Really? I don't think so. Good day, Highland Tours, I won't be coming back for many years.
  • Very unfriendly staff. Rather than politely telling me photographs are not allowed, they looked at my camera and in a very rude and loud manner said NO PHOTOGRAPHS! I told them the sign outside read "Welcome come inside," but I didn't feel very welcome. They just frowned at me and ignored me. Then they start the tour by saying, "Hope you didn't come to see Monroe's home, very little remains." Gosh why would I expect to see Monroe's home? Maybe because you just sold me a $20 ticket telling it it was. Avoid this place it is not worth the money. I would give less one star for the rating won't let me.
  • We had a great tour guide here, and the grounds are lovely. Barely a week after we took the tour, the news broke: Monroe never lived in the house they claimed was his. Worth a visit anyway.
  • If you're headed to Monticello, this is a neat little pit stop, the Archeological site is covered up, but the house is a neat homage to Monroe's presidency.
  • There are nice veiws but no real attraction. The house burned down. Save your money