Ash Lawn-Highland, Home of President James Monroe
In 1799, James Monroe and his family moved into Highland, their Albemarle "cabin castle," adjacent to Thomas Jefferson's Monticello. Jefferson had previously urged Monroe to move to the area to create a "society to our taste."
Today, guided tours of the fifth president's home are offered daily. Original and period French and American furniture, boxwood gardens, and a 535-acre working farm await visitors. The reconstructed slave quarters stands alongside two original outbuildings.
Children especially enjoy the resident cows, sheep, chickens, and peacock that complete the working farm atmosphere.
Ash Lawn-Highland's museum shop features the Virginia Artisans Room, filled with pieces handmade by artisans from across the Commonwealth.