James Monroe’s Highland

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Formerly known as Ash Lawn, James Monroe’s Highland boasts a newly revamped guided tour featuring a collection of eighteenth and nineteenth century furnishings. Many of these artifacts were originals of the Monroe family, providing an equate level of authenticity. With a guest house, self-guided outbuildings, and gardens and grounds, there is plenty to explore at Highland. Come see the 2,000 wooded acres once owned by the fifth President of the United States.

A humble figure, James Monroe played a crucial role in many of our nation’s accomplishments. Before graduating from the college of William and Mary, Monroe dropped out to join the American Revolution. After shedding blood and rising through military ranks, Monroe proved his dedication to American independence. Later, Monroe successfully negotiated the Louisiana Purchase with Thomas Jefferson and demonstrated his underrated political vigor. By working behind the scenes in pursing the Missouri Compromise, securing U.S. borders, and issuing the first American hemisphere-wide foreign policy statement know as the Monroe Doctrine, James Monroe left his legacy on Virginia and United States history.

As a great proponent of France, Monroe featured combined his passion for his own nation with French influence. The house features numerous French-inspired items, including dish wear, a clock, and a bust of Napoleon Bonaparte given to Monroe by the Emperor himself. Whether returning from a day at Monticello or looking for another scenic site near Jefferson Vineyards, James Monroe’s Highland provides an additional worthwhile stop on the Virginia presidents tour.

Location & Hours

2050 James Monroe ParkwayCharlottesville, VA 22902

 

James Monroe’s Highland is open for tours year-round.

GENERAL HOURS:
Nov – Mar: 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
(Last tour: 4:00 p.m.)
Apr – Oct: 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
(Last tour: 5:00 p.m.)

We are closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day.

Contact

 

Phone: (434) 293-8000

Email: info@highland.org

Website: http://www.highland.org

Pricing

 

Adults and Seniors
  • Adults – $14.00 (Tours before 10 AM Memorial Day through Labor Day: $10.00)
  • Seniors (60 and older) – $12.00
  • AAA Members with ID – $13.00
Youth
  • Youth ages 6-11 – $8.00
  • Youth under 6 – FREE
Military
  • Active U.S. Military and dependents with ID – FREE Memorial Day to Labor Day through Blue Star Museums
    • Extended to up to five family members
    • Option to add the augmented reality experience for $7.50 per person
  • Active and Retired U.S. Military with ID – $12.00 (extended to one accompanying family member)
Community Members
  • Local Residents (including residents of Charlottesville and Albemarle, Augusta, Buckingham, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, Nelson, Orange, and Rockingham counties) – $8.00 (one FREE admission with paying out-of-town guest)
  • College of William & Mary Faculty and Staff – FREE
    • Option to add the augmented reality experience for $13 per person
  • College of William & Mary Students and Alumni– $8.00
    • Option to add the augmented reality experience for $13 per person
  • University of Virginia (Faculty, Staff, & Students) – $8.00
    • Option to add the augmented reality experience for $13 per person

The Full Experience: Guided Tour and Augmented Reality

Time: 1.5 hours
The Full Experience offers visitors a comprehensive view of James Monroe’s Highland through the guided tour and the new augmented reality experience. Visitors should plan on a minimum of 90 minutes for their visit.
adults $19 | youth (6-11) $13 | children under 6 FREE | local $13 | College of William & Mary (Students, Faculty, Staff, and Alumni) $13 | University of Virginia (Students, Faculty, and Staff) $13 |

  • The AR experience is not recommended for children under six.
  • 10% discount for Seniors (60+), Military (Active, Former, and Retired U.S. Military with ID-extended to one accompanying family member), and AAA
  • Local Rate includes residents of Charlottesville and Albemarle, Augusta, Buckingham, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, Nelson, Orange, and Rockingham counties)
Self-Guided Discovery and Augmented Reality

Time: 40 minutes
Guests can explore the grounds through our newly designed self-guided tour and enjoy the new augmented reality experience. Visitors should plan on a minimum of 40 minutes for their visit.
adults $13 | youth (6-11) $13

School Groups

Guided House & Grounds Tour (All Ages)

Time: 1-1.5 hours 
This visit is a tour of the Monroe house geared toward students, with a guided tour of the grounds. Includes outbuildings, dependency spaces, gardens, animals, and historic games.
students $7 | teachers FREE | additional adults $12

Middle School Guided House & Grounds Tour

Time: 1-1.5 hours 
This interactive tour invites students to think about friendships, family relationships, risk-taking, conflict, and slavery by posing essential questions that focus on students’ own experiences and understanding of the world. Students are encouraged to empathize with the dilemmas of the founding era and to draw understanding that is applicable today. Includes guided house and grounds, plus historic games.
students $7 | teachers FREE | additional adults $12

Farm Tour (Pre-K through 2nd grade)

Time: 2 hours
Young visitors tour James Monroe’s farm with a guide. Activities include historic games, interactive demonstrations, and visiting with farm animals and gardens. Tour does not go inside the Monroe house.
students $5 | teachers FREE | additional adults $8

James Monroe in the American Revolution (3rd-6th grade)

Time: 2 hours
Did you know James Monroe fought and was wounded in the Revolutionary War? Students will role play James Monroe’s experience using objects and primary sources. Program includes a house tour, guided grounds visit and historic games.
students $9 | teachers FREE | additional adults $12

Archaeology Lab (3rd grade and up)

Time: 2 hours
In this hands-on program, students learn about life at James Monroe’s Highland plantation, explore the pathways of archaeological research, and interpret real artifacts. Facilitated program held indoors also includes a house tour, guided grounds visit and historic games.
students $9 | teachers FREE | additional adults $12

Historic Crafts

Time: 30 minutes
Crafts can be requested separately for groups of 10 or more OR added to a school group visit itinerary.
Candle making      $5 per student
Paper marbling     $5 per student
Clay ornament making     $5 per student
Lantern making     $6 per student

For school group questions and reservations, contact Nancy Stetz at education@highland.org or 434-293-8000.

For more information on prices and tours at Highland, click HERE.

Plan Your Day

 

TAKE THE TOUR

HighlandCome explore the newly revamped guided tour of James Monroe’s Highland, consisting of the fifth president’s guest home and former residency. Learn more HERE.

 

 

 

 

 

GARDENS & GROUNDS

Gardens & Grounds
Come see the ornamental and utilitarian gardens, as well as the outdoor kitchen, just as they were in the early 1800s. Learn more HERE.

 

 

 

 

 

MONTICELLO

MonticelloContinue your day touring the homes of former presidents and stop into Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello. Learn more HERE.

 

 

 

 

 

 

MICHIE TAVERN

Michie TavernMichie Tavern, located down the mountain from Monticello, provides hearty midday fare especially convenient for famished tourists looking to extend their day in Charlottesville. Learn more on the Charlottesville Guide Listing HERE or view our blog.

 

 

 

 

 

JEFFERSON VINEYARDS

Jefferson VineyardsEnjoy Charlottesville’s beautiful views over a glass of Jefferson Vineyard’s wine and relax after a long day of tours. Learn more on the Charlottesville Guide Breweries & Wineries Listing HERE.

 

 

 

 

 

THE UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA

University of VirginiaAfter touring Highland, come visit the University of Virginia, the site Jefferson coined “the Hobby of [his] old age.” Learn more on the Charlottesville Guide Attractions Listing HERE.