The place has once been the private home of James Monroe, fifth USA President and currently serve as a working farm and museum for tourists. The place is open year around so you don’t have to worry about when to visit it. Come here and have a tour checking out the collection of items and décor the Prez had. You will be able to see various aspects of his life in here. Not very far from Monticello, the place also hosts various events, both private and public. The best part of this though is the Virginia Artisans Room which offers great insight on the hidden life of Monroe’s. The place is best visited with family, especially with children and younger ones. A must-visit in Virginia!
Entrance Ticket Details For Ash Lawn-highland
- Adult- 14 USD
- Seniors- 12 USD
- Youth- 8 USD
Ash Lawn-highland Hours
- Closed on Thanksgiving day, Christmas day and New Year’s Day.
How to Reach Ash Lawn-highland
- By car or taxi.
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68.39% of people who visit Charlottesville include Ash Lawn-highland in their plan
10 AM - 11 AM
47.06% of people start their Ash Lawn-highland visit around 10 AM - 11 AM
1 Hr 30 Minutes
People usually take around 1 Hr 30 Minutes to see Ash Lawn-highland
95% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Ash Lawn-highland
Ash Lawn-Highland Reviews & Ratings
Small but well done. As others have posted, it is NOT his home (which burned down around 1830). However, it does show the foundations of the original home and a guest house he had built. Lots of original furnishings paintings, dishes, etc. Not as majestic as Mount Vernon, Montpelier or Monticello but a nice stop for a walk and a tour. Staff and guide were extremely friendly and knowledgeable. An enjoyable few hours.
I will echo with a lot of other reviewer‘s have said; it’s definitely an enjoyable visit, but probably not that exciting if you’ve just come from Monticello. It’s also important to note that James Monroe‘s home is no longer standing, and this is just a tour of the grounds and a guest house that he built. For those who love history, it’s still definitely worth a visit. The staff is also very friendly and helpful. But if you want to be wowed you may not feel like it was worth the stop.
Visited all three presidents houses in the area and this one was well worth the visit. Don't think that because it is the smallest and not very commercial that it's not worth your time. Our guide was one of the best and gave us a whole history book worth of information...almost more than I could absorb in the time of the visit in spite of having read biographies of Jefferson and Madison where much was said about Monroe as well. The house may be small and plain but there is a wealth of artifacts and knowledge contained within and well worth a visit.
For a little know place (at least to me), this place was filled with history. The tour guide was very informative and knew what he was talking about. Would recommend if you're into US history.
Smaller property and shorter tour vs Monticello, but less crowded and thoroughly enjoyable learning experience. Nicely done.