James Monroe’s Highland
Charlottesville, VA

Highland is the home of James Monroe, fifth President of the United States. President Monroe and his wife, Elizabeth Kortright Monroe, owned the property from 1793 to 1826 and made it their official residence from 1799 to 1823. Under a later owner, the plantation name was changed to "Ash Lawn"; today it is known as "James Monroe's Highland." New discoveries at James Monroe's Highland have just rewritten the history of the property. Recent archaeological excavations, dendrochronology (tree ring dating), and architectural research have determined that the structure once thought to be a wing of Monroe's original house was actually his Presidential Guest House, built in 1818. The same research has identified the archaeological remains of Monroe's primary residence, lost to history sometime after he sold the property. The foundation of this residence, a freestanding and sizeable structure, was recently uncovered during excavations just east of the 1870s Massey house.

Highland is both a historic site and an events venue, continuing Monroe's tradition of welcoming friends, neighbors, dignitaries, and visitors from around the globe. The site tour offers a compelling glimpse into a period of growth in U.S. history, in a setting full of abundant charm. Nestled against a ridge, Monroe's Highland is a landscape of rolling hills, pastures, and woodland, providing an unequalled backdrop of beauty and history for meetings, weddings, parties of all kinds, picnics, and living history interpretations in the restored plantation core. James Monroe's Highland offers engaging student programs that are aligned with Virginia SOLs. Experience the traditional guided house and grounds tour, a historic craft workshop, or select an interactive focus program like James Monroe in the American Revolution or Archaeology Lab.




Highland offers annual programs for families such as an April Sheep Shearing, Girl Scout Day, Home Educator Day and an American Girl Tea with Mrs. Monroe.




Home Educator Day at the Home of President James Monroe

On Monday, November 6, 2017, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., James Monroe’s Highland will host a Home Educator Day. Come enjoy additional activities and demonstrations specially geared for home educator families. We invite you to take a guided tour, bring a picnic and spend the day at the home of our nation’s 5th president!

Admission is $5 per person. FREE for children under the age of 6 and Monroe Farm Friends Members (email education@highland.org to register a Farm Friend).
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To learn more visit our www.highland.org/plan-your-visit/school-groups/ or email education@highland.org

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