This page offers an overview of our annual events. For details and specific dates, visit our Upcoming Events page or call (434) 293-8000.
February – African-American History Month events
African-American History Month is commemorated at Ash Lawn-Highland with cooking and craft demonstrations as well as academic events, such as thoughtful discussions and lectures.
March – Virginia Festival of the Book
Ash Lawn-Highland partners with the Virginia Festival of the Book in an ever-popular annual book talk on a subject relating to James Monroe and his long career in public service. (Did you know, for example, that Monroe held more elected offices than any other president?)
April – Annual Sheep Shearing
Don’t miss Ash Lawn-Highland’s Annual Sheep Shearing! Watch as our sheep don their new spring coats and try your hand at carding and spinning! Learn about embroidery, needlework, and natural dyes from the Monroe era. You’ll even get to meet our lambs.
April 28 – Commemoration of James Monroe’s Birthday
What have you learned about James Monroe lately!? Ash Lawn-Highland commemorates James Monroe’s Birthday with topics relevant to Monroe’s participation in important aspects of early American history, including the Revolutionary War, the expansion of the United States, national defense, and the establishment of American foreign policy.
May – Field Day and James Monroe 5k Run
Join us at our Hilltop Pavilion for relay races, crafts and activities for all ages, face painting and balloon making, food truck eats, and live music. As part of the American Heritage race series, the event features the James Monroe 5K, which winds around and through the historic estate.
June 30 – Celebration of Elizabeth Kortright Monroe’s Birthday
The celebration of Mrs. Monroe’s Birthday is a light-hearted social event, during which our visitors play period games, and learn about customs of the day, women’s work of the period, and Mrs. Monroe’s role in her husband’s political career.
July 4 – Celebration of Independence Day
Celebrate this day of national importance at the home of a Revolutionary War veteran. Our festivities feature holiday-specific interpretive activities. Visitors are welcome to bring picnic lunches.
August – Albemarle County Fair
Ash Lawn-Highland is proud to host the annual Albemarle County Fair, with a wonderful offerings of home arts, agricultural produce, exhibits, locally raised animals, children’s rides, and historic crafts. Using indoor and outdoor exhibit space, this event promises traditional family fun in a historic setting.
October – Artisan Open House
Meet the artisans whose work is featured in our Museum Shop’s Artisan Room, participate in demonstrations, and hear live music at this fun, family, fall celebration.
November 11 – Veteran’s Day
Honor our veterans at the home of James Monroe, one of only three U.S. presidents to fight in the American Revolution. Veterans receive free admission.
November – Annual Open House
Ash Lawn-Highland holds an open house on a Sunday in November to welcome all local residents with free admission and special program offerings. The interpretive program varies each year.
December – Highland Decorated for Christmas During the month of December, Monroe’s home—Highland—is decorated for the holidays. Take in the charming house interiors and enjoy greenery and botanical arrangements that highlight the carefully restored historic home!