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James Monroe’s Highland

Highland is a historic place with an ongoing story. From 1799 to 1826 Highland was the home of fifth U.S. President James Monroe, his wife, and their family. It was a 3,500-acre plantation that operated with the labor of dozens of enslaved men, women, and children who performed the bulk of Highland’s production and maintenance. The property, nestled in the hills of Albemarle County, was bequeathed to the College of William & Mary in 1974 and is open to visitors interested in exploring a complex history that encompasses the presidency, Monroe’s international influence, and slavery, with its formidable impact on the American story.

 

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