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“Big Contrast to Monticello But Worth Visit”

James Monroe's Highland
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US$105.00*
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Private Civil War History Half-Day Tour
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Part of William & Mary, this historic site is the home of James Monroe, fifth president of the United States.
Reviewed 17 June 2014

Having been to Monticello many times and also to Montpelier (President Madison's house), I visited Ash-Lawn on a recent trip to C'ville. It's completely different than the others, as it's a farm house with bland outside appeal. Inside, however, reveals some beautiful and original furniture belong to President Monroe. The tour guide also provide a good history lesson. In short, if you're looking for another place to visit to complement a trip to Monticello, Ash Lawn is worth the short extra distance to drive.

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Reviewed 17 June 2014

you can skip this historic home. It is small with very little to see.
The surrounding area is very beautiful, so take a brief drive around the area instead.

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Reviewed 17 June 2014

Another plantation 3 miles away from Monticello you can't afford to miss out on while in the area ! Home to James Monroe our 3rd President. Wear comfortable shoes, Smaller plantation, takes maybe 2-3 hours to tour whole plantation. Museum gift shop available for souvenirs.

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Reviewed 14 June 2014

James Munroe's place is just a few miles from Monticello, and a few minutes from a winery. This is a good spot to visit if you're in the area and have some time. The grounds are in a beautiful setting. I do think the property needs some historic renovation TLC, and I couldn't help thinking what this property would be like if it was part of the National Park Service. The guide and staff were friendly, but seemed to lack the same passion for the subject matter that you typically see with the Park Service or at Monticello.

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Reviewed 12 June 2014

One of the most elegant weddings I have attended- great use of space and scenery. The house itself was small but interesting in how small it was. The grounds are the true highlight.

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