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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Short walking tour with a knowledgeable person inside the house for questions. Not as big as Monticello. Interesting tour!!
Short walking tour with a knowledgeable person inside the house for questions. Not as big as Monticello. Interesting tour!! more »
Highland should be one of your stops in the Charlottesville VA area, along with Monticello, and Montpilier. It helps give the full picture of these Virginia Founding Fathers and their relationships...
Highland should be one of your stops in the Charlottesville VA area, along with Monticello, and Montpilier. It helps give the full picture of these Virginia Founding Fathers and their relationships... more »
The house and guest house are quite small. The additional outer buildings, which are recent recreations, give an idea of what life was like in early 19th century Virginia. The exhibits and artifacts are simple, but informative. All together, they paint a picture of a man who was humble and exceedingly practical. Our nation has been fortunate to have leaders like James Monroe to balance the flashier and more outspoken politicians of his day.
Our tour guide did a wonderful job including the kids we took on the tour as well as making sure the tour was informative and interesting. Definitely on the smaller side compared to other presidential estates but always neat to see where history was made! They even had a scavenger hunt for different things on the property; my kids loved that!
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