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. Make James Monroe's Highland a centerpiece of your Charlottesville vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Charlottesville trip builder tool .
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  • Madison and Jefferson have outstanding venues where Monroe’s is a disgrace Do not waste your time going to the Monroe home in Charlottesville You will be enticed if you are a history buff under false ...  more »
  • We would recommend seeing the video in the visitors' center/gift shop before taking the tour, as it explains much about the archaeological digs on the grounds. We felt more informed on the tour as a r...  more »
  • We attended a wedding here, but were able to take a tour prior to the reception. It was very interesting, especially after having just finished Monticello; I can appreciate our history now, more as an...  more »
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  • Great Historical place to visit. Glad to have seen were some of my Kin lived way back! Well preserved and had a good guide to lead us through. This Texan recommends for this place for anyone who likes History!
  • The magnificent Ash tree lined entrance road is spectacular, it is particularly notable since the Ash Borer will probably decimate the trees eventually. The boxwoods are also impressive, and the history is riveting.
  • A wonderful piece of history. Usually, these sites have a script they stick to. Monroe's house is different. The docents and leadership are excited and will share their findings with you. Thanks to the team at Monroe's house, I learned a lot and had the best historical trip in years!
  • This place was amazing for our dance for a UVA club - Chi Alpha. It was beautiful and mystical and historic. Great vibes. Great nature all around.
  • While not as showy or large as neighboring Monticello, Highland is fascinating and well worth visiting. Our guide told us about Highland's ongoing archaeological digs that help us understand more about the estate and grounds. Even the rooms are still being discovered as researchers try to restore Monroe's home to what he would've seen. My favorite part was the dining and interpreted study rooms. They're filled with Monroe family objects that seem homey. The dining room also had displays of the Monroe presidential china, which started the eagle symbol of the President. And the animals on the estate are equally cute. We saw cows, sheep, a donkey, chickens and a peahen.
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