James Monroe's Highland, Charlottesville

4.2
#3 of 8 in Historic Sites in Charlottesville
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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  • The house tour is nice, sort of a mini Montacello which it’s next too. James Monroe was the fifth president, a Jefferson protege and except for the Monroe Doctrine completely unknown even to us who cl...  more »
  • This unique home is open for tours and grounds visits. You can view the foundation of the original house (which is no longer standing), visit special exhibits on the grounds, and tour the current hous...  more »
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  • Wow! We had a great time on this tour. We arrived a little after 4pm and we the only ones on our tour. We were treated to a wonderful viewing of the house and lots of great stories about Monroe and his family. Even though we didn't get to spend much time on the grounds, the price of admission was still worth it. Highly recommended!
  • Went here for evening music program held during summer months. It's free! Bring a picnic but they also have food trucks and beer/wine for sale. The performers were great. There is a pavillion with tables or an expansive lawn for seating. Family friendly. We enjoyed ourselves and I would recommend you take advantage of this great opportunity if you can!
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