Ash Lawn-Highland, Home of President James Monroe

Ash Lawn-Highland James Monroe statue Ash Lawn-Highland overseer's cottage sheep
Highland, the home of President James Monroe. (Photo by Richard Stillings)
2050 James Monroe Parkway
Charlottesville, VA 22902
Region Central Virginia
Locality Albemarle
Phone: (434) 293-8000
Fax: (434) 979-9181

In 1799, James Monroe and his family moved into Highland, their Albemarle "cabin castle," adjacent to Thomas Jefferson's Monticello. Jefferson had previously urged Monroe to move to the area to create a "society to our taste."

Today, guided tours of the fifth president's home are offered daily. Original and period French and American furniture, boxwood gardens, and a 535-acre working farm await visitors. The reconstructed slave quarters stands alongside two original outbuildings.

Children especially enjoy the resident cows, sheep, chickens, and peacock that complete the working farm atmosphere.

Ash Lawn-Highland's museum shop features the Virginia Artisans Room, filled with pieces handmade by artisans from across the Commonwealth.

Admission Fee: $14 adult, $12 seniors, $8 youth, free for children under 6

Last Updated: 4/16/2014 9:16 AM
  • Get the Virginia Travel Guide

    2014 Virginia Travel Guide

    Order your Free Virginia Travel Guide.

     Order now button  

  • Travel Updates

    What's going on around Virginia? Subscribe to the Virginia eNews.