CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. —  Highland, the home of president James Monroe, announces three new specialty tours: Furnishing a New Nation, Rediscovering Highland, and Founding Friendships. These new specialty tours rotate daily and are offered at 2 and 4 p.m. Highland continues to offer the original Welcome to Highland tour daily.

“We are pleased to expand our tour offerings to include thematic programming” said Sara Bon-Harper, Highland Executive Director. “Our new specialty tours allow guests to explore Highland from different perspectives using insightful interpretations. We hope that our regular visitors will want to experience all the new offerings.”

Each of the three new specialty tours explores the Highland story through a unique lens. The Furnishing a New Nation tour takes a focused look at the historical significance of the Monroes’ original furnishings and explores the use of style in early American politics. Rediscovering Highland examines how the remains of Monroe's 1799 home was uncovered using archaeology, architectural clues, and written accounts. Founding Friendships focuses on the relationship between Monroe and all of the founding presidents: George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and John Quincy Adams.
The new specialty tours are offered at 2 and 4 p.m. on the following days of the week:
Furnishing a New Nation: Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday
Rediscovering Highland: Wednesday and Sunday
Founding Friendships: Monday and Thursday

The tours are included in admission to Highland. For more information visit

About James Monroe’s Highland:
Highland, the home of James Monroe, the fifth president of the United States, is adjacent to Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello in Charlottesville, Virginia. Purchased by Monroe in 1793, the property was home to the Monroe family for nearly 25 years. Highland interprets the period of Monroe’s public career, including the historic experiences of enslaved African Americans who lived on the property. Acquired by William & Mary (Monroe’s alma mater) in 1974, Highland offers tours each day, hosts community and private events, and features a robust museum shop including a Virginia Artisans Room. For hours, directions and more information, visit or call 434-293-8000.