Fodor's Expert Review Ash Lawn–Highland

Charlottesville Historic Home

Standing in contrast to the grandiose Monticello is the modest home of James Monroe, who held more major political offices than any other U.S. president. He intentionally kept it a simple farmhouse, building the home in 1799, two miles from his friend Jefferson's estate. A later owner added on a more prominent two-story section where two of the original Monroe rooms burned down. Though it definitely has a more common feel than Monticello, the small rooms in Ash Lawn–Highland are similarly crowded, with gifts from notables and souvenirs from Monroe's time as envoy to France. Allow a couple of hours to visit Monroe's estate, a perfect way to complete a day that begins at Monticello.

Historic Home

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2050 James Monroe Pkwy.
Charlottesville, Virginia  22902, USA


Sight Details:
Rate Includes: $14, Apr.–Oct., daily 9–6; Nov.–Mar., daily 11–5

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