James Monroe’s Highland

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James Monroe's Highland is a historic house museum at the homestead of James Monroe, fifth president of the United States. At the suggestion of his friend and mentor Thomas Jefferson, Monroe purchased the land nearby Jefferson Monticello for his plantation, which he named Highland, in 1793.

It was home to his family for nearly 25 years. Monroe sold the estate in 1826 to retire at Oak Hill in Loudoun County with his wife Elizabeth Kortright Monroe.

Owned and operated by Monroe alma mater, William and Mary, James Monroe's Highland offers guided tours daily and hosts special events throughout the year. Please visit website for current hours and events: www.highland.org

In addition to the main house, the property includes various outbuildings, boxwood gardens, and farm animals. The museum shop features presidential memorabilia, a large selection of books, sandwiches and salads delivered fresh daily, and a Virginia Artisans Room containing locally handmade items.

Stroll through the gardens and grounds, have a picnic, learn about the latest research discoveries, and explore the life of one man who helped build, grow, and define the United States.

James Monroe’s Highland

2050 James Monroe Pkwy
Charlottesville, VA 22902

Albemarle County, VA


Open 10am-5pm, Daily


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Charlottesville Albemarle Convention & Visitors Bureau Visitors Center
610 E. Main St. Charlottesville, VA 22902
434-293-6789 or 877-386-1103
Hours: Daily 9:00 am – 5:00 pm