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  • Ash Lawn-Highland Receives Grant from Virginia Foundation for the Humanities

    Neal Piper PhotographyAsh Lawn-Highland was awarded a grant from Virginia Foundation for the Humanities this week which will help expand site interpretation, specifically regarding slavery at James Monroe’s Highland plantation. The grant, totaling $3,000 will support the development and printing of an interpretive brochure that will tell stories about the members of the enslaved community and explore the spaces where they lived and worked. “Our goal in interpreting James Monroe’s Highland is to share with the public not only Monroe’s legacy but also greater narratives about his time, including the enslaved people who resided and raised families there,” said Executive Director Sara Bon-Harper. “This brochure will enhance the visitor experience by allowing more on-site opportunities for discovery of the past.” T

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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!

    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. […]