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James Monroe's Highland
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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.
Bismarck, Missouri
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Definitely Worth Seeing!”
Reviewed 20 July 2014

This is the home of President James Monroe. The first thing you will notice when you get there is that it is much smaller and more subdued than Thomas Jefferson's Monticello (just a few miles down the road). While smaller, the house is certainly much more practical.

What really made this attraction worth seeing was the staff. While the tour of the home does not last long, the staff tells some fantastic stories about Monroe that not many know. The best one is probably about his role in the Louisiana Purchase (it wasn't all about Jefferson, even though he receives all of the credit).

Our tour guide was a student from William and Mary. She was a bit nervous at first, but ended up doing a great job.

You can knock out this attraction in 1 or 1.5 hours easily. Not a lot of walking. A nice gift shop. Easily accessible restrooms. I suggest you check it out!

Visited July 2014
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Polk, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Don't miss it!”
Reviewed 19 July 2014

You have to see President Monroe's house if you are in the area. We went to Ash- Lawn Highland before the Monticello and it was an excellent choice. Monticello is much bigger and grand and many people seem to be disappointed when they get to Monroe's house. Ash- Lawn is no Monticello, but it is still a great house to see. The tour guide we had was very informative and friendly. The grounds are absolutely beautiful, especially the entrance with the Ash Trees. The tickets are fairly cheap. Overall, definitely go see our 5th President's house, but do not be disappointed when it is not as large or grand as the Monticello.

Visited July 2014
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“Beautiful home of President James Monroe”
Reviewed 12 July 2014

Ash Lawn-Highland is just a few, short miles from Monticello, and is completely different from Monticello. This home is much more subdued and practical than Monticello, but still has an amazing story to tell. James Monroe played a large part in the shaping of our country and his home is a beautiful reflection of that. Our guide was a history major who was doing her internship at Ash Lawn-Highland. She did an excellent job with the tour and was extremely knowledgeable and well informed.

Visited June 2014
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Ashburn, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Very nice”
Reviewed 9 July 2014

Our tour guid was a student from William & Mary studying to be a historian and she was great. It is a small house and tour, but still very worth it.

Visited July 2014
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Morrison, OK USA
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3 reviews
“Excellent & Informative”
Reviewed 8 July 2014

James Monroe was instrumental in so many things that shaped our country. Like many founding fathers, we owe him our gratitude. Ash Lawn-Highland takes Monroe out of the shadows and sheds light on his many accomplishments that helped form this great nation. The grounds are beautiful and the tour very informative. Definitely worth the trip!

Visited July 2014
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