Home of James Monroe
Photo by George Gray
This modest house and farm, called Ash Lawn Highland was a stark contrast to the opulence of Monticello. Jefferson liked things. If he had lived today he would have had all the latest cell phones and ipods and other technological advances. His home and possessions were sold at his death because he was in such debt. Ash Lawn Highland has been owned by many other owners since James Monroe. The Monroe things are gone too but Mary Baldwin College has made an effort to restore some of the original style of home furnishings and found some things that belonged to the Monroes. A large bust of Napoleon was in the house and it belonged to the Monroes. Evidently there is some kinship through marriage to Napoleon or one of his wives. I was late to the tour and didn’t get the entire story. There was an oak that was alive when the farm was under Monroe management and these old boxwoods look almost old enough. They are huge and unclipped. The trunks are like small trees.