Highland was the home of James Monroe, the nation’s fifth president. Monroe is said to be the “last of the founding fathers,” and one who helped carry the ideals of the American Revolution through the first decades of nationhood. Visit Ash Lawn-Highland to learn about Monroe’s lifelong commitment to American democracy, beginning with his time as a young soldier fighting in the Revolution. The house tour emphasizes Monroe’s 50 years in public service, contributing to the growth and strengthening of the young country and establishing the United States’ relationships with mature European powers.
Monroe moved to the estate he called Highland at the urging of his friend and mentor Thomas Jefferson. Although the house’s size and style would be more in keeping with a retreat house, Monroe and his wife, Elizabeth Kortright Monroe, owned Highland from 1793 to 1826 and made it their official residence from 1799 to 1823. It is a popular site with visitors who come to experience the charming setting as well as historic interpretation. Several events spaces are used year-round for weddings, meetings and other gatherings.
Owned and operated by William & Mary, Monroe’s alma mater, Ash Lawn-Highland is located 1.5 miles past Jefferson’s Monticello in Charlottesville, Virginia, 2.5 hours south of Washington, D.C.