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James Monroe's Highland

2050 James Monroe Pkwy, Charlottesville, VA 22902-7546
+1 434-293-8000
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Part of William & Mary, this historic site is the home of James Monroe, fifth president of the United States.
  • Excellent48%
  • Very good35%
  • Average15%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“ash lawn” (160 reviews)
“guest house” (33 reviews)
“original house” (29 reviews)
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Hours Today: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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2050 James Monroe Pkwy, Charlottesville, VA 22902-7546
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"great tour"
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"grounds are lovely"
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Not as pricey as Monticello, but is also a smaller attraction. At Monticello, you will be viewing a masterful architectural design. Here at Highland, you will be disappointed to learn that the original house burned down. So guides will show you around the renovated guest...More

Thank Amy C
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Let’s get the bad news out of the way. Monroe’s house burned down and what’s left is his guest house and outbuildings as well as a letter Victorian house. The good news is that the site is much less crowded than Monticello, has excellent decorative...More

1  Thank Zzardvark
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Reviewed 1 week ago

My family and I recently toured Highland under the excellent, vivid, thoroughly engaging guidance of docent Martin Violette, and all eight of us agreed it was the best guided tour we have ever experienced. So much information about a president who is too often overlooked,...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

the lady at cash register said we would have to wait an hour for the next tour, ??? why as there was no one there appears that they could have just started one for us. She acted like we were a bother. I would call...More

Thank 106janaj
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had a Groupon. That’s really the biggest reason we went. Tours are offered every hour. The house tour is not stroller friendly but the grounds are pleasant to walk around with a stroller. The house tour was about 45 minutes and somewhat interesting. It’s...More

Thank AlisonsD4
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited on the spur of the moment, after a visit to Monticello that we thought would take longer than it did. This is a short drive from Monticello and signs will direct you. There were no crowds here (unlike Jefferson's world heritage site home)....More

1  Thank Loribbb
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

While on our way to Monticello, we had a bit of time to spare and drove a few more miles to visit Highland. We had not read any reviews beforehand and didn’t know what to expect. There on the property sat a nice sized farmhouse....More

1  Thank GingerLawson
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We would have had to wait 55 minutes for next tour. The parking lot was nearly empty- seems that we could have caught up with tour or waiting 25 would have been better. Lady at register was not helpful nor appear to care that they...More

1  Thank pjames862016
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Reviewed March 13, 2018

We visited Highland after spending time at Monticello. The grounds are beautiful and the place has great history. They have a lot of Monroe's personal pieces. The guide did a great job of explaining the history. It doesn't take long to see it, but if...More

Thank Chris E
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Reviewed March 8, 2018

Other reviews had put a shadow on Highland compared to Monticello. That's fair - Monticello has far more financial resources and has been well preserved. However, the importance of Highland is not diminished. When leaving Monticello you are only 5 minutes from Highland - take...More

Thank Chuck B
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