2014 is an exciting year at Ash Lawn-Highland. Replacing our traditional spring wine festival is a day of family activities on May 17, complete with a 5k off-road run, and a kids’ scramble. Plan to stay into the evening with music by a favorite local band, Rockfish Gap, and picnic suppers.
July 31-August 2 the Albemarle County Fair will be here for the third year, this time bigger and better than ever, with a yard full of historic crafts demonstrations offered by Ash Lawn-Highland. Plan to watch blacksmithing, see the art of historic stenciling, and immerse yourself in spinning and weaving –and much more!
On August 24 we will commemorate the catastrophic events of the same date in 1814, with the disastrous Battle of Bladensburg and the burning of Washington by the British. These events, which had great impact on Monroe’s political life, will be noted at Ash Lawn-Highland with a lecture by author Rick Britton, children’s activities, and period-appropriate music by David and Ginger Hildebrand.