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  • Jim Murray Shares Monroe's Legacy in W&M Charter Day Remarks

    William&Mary-150x150The following are the prepared remarks of James B. Murray, Jr., Chairman of the Monroe Commission, for the College of William & Mary's 2015 Charter Day ceremony. Thank you President Reveley. It is a great honor to return to this stage, on this day - the most inspiring day on the College calendar.Let me tell you a story. It is 1814, a young nation is struggling to survive, still reeling from a brutal war with an imperialist power. Now it is under siege again; in Congress, tempers flare. Many doubt whether this experiment in democracy will survive. On the northern frontier, generals surrender, the enemy advances. The Secretary of State urges for a defense perimeter around the capital. The Se

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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!

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    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. […]