Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello has been on my to do list for quite some time. A few months ago though, I learned about another presidential home in Virginia that I didn’t know about – James Monroe’s Highland. The drive out there from Northern Virginia was pleasant, and took about 1.5 hours.
Upon arriving at Highland, you park, and then take a short walk up a small hill to the welcome area. We went on homeschool day, and were greeted by employees that checked us in, and gave us a map.
They offer tours of the house. The house itself is not large, and other than a few steps to go up into the house, and a few more steps toward the end of the tour, it’s all on one level.
Photography is allowed on the grounds, but not inside the house. The house was not the one that the Monroe’s lived in. It was their guest house, built during Monroe’s presidency. The house has several rooms, and is furnished with personal items that belonged to the Monroe’s. One thing I loved about this tour was that when you are in a room, you are right there with the items. No peering through roped off doorways, furnishings weren’t behind ropes or glass.
The rest of the grounds offer other opportunities, such as trails and farm animals. There is a gift shop with a few snack items, and bathrooms.