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  • Archaeological Research Continues This Month

    shoveltestpitArchaeological research continues at the historic core of Ash Lawn-Highland during the month of April. Rivanna Archaeological Services is conducting excavation Monday through Friday, weather permitting, in the front yard of the ca. 1870 house added by the Massey family. The purpose of this work is to investigate a significant deposit of Monroe-period architectural debris found while conducting shovel-testing during the winter. The debris included handmade bricks, hand wrought nails, window glass, wall plaster, and ceramics. The testing also found furniture tacks, which suggests a building that was furnished at the time of its destruction. There is some evidence of burning, primarily in the condition of the window glass and nails. “We hope to discover the location of the building these items came from. It is pos

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Host Your Next Event at Highland!

At beautifully situated Ash Lawn-Highland, we’re continuing the wonderful Monroe-family tradition of welcoming visitors from around the globe to share President Monroe’s “place of comfort and hospitality.” We host numerous meetings, parties, weddings, picnics, and all sorts of other special events. Add history, tradition, and old Virginia charm to your upcoming event—choose Ash Lawn Highland as your next event location!

    Take a virtual tour of James Monroe’s Ash Lawn-Highland without even stepping on grounds! The online virtual tour can be accessed via Encyclopedia Virginia, a project of the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities in partnership with […]



    Would you like to be part of great programs at James Monroe’s home? With any size donation, you can support new visitor programs, interpretation, and learning about the Highland property. Click on DONATE to contribute to the […]

    Are you fascinated by early American history? Volunteer at Highland and help us relate the story of James Monroe, the common man who—forged by adversity and the fire of the Revolution—rose to become president of […]

    Our Museum Shop features a new line of books, Monroe memorabilia, and early nineteenth century style keepsakes. We also sell Virginia-made foods such as honey and hickory syrup. Call the Museum Shop at (434) 293-8000. […]