James Monroe’s Highland

Charlottesville, VA
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A Historic Estate and Tranquil Gardens

The historic residence and property of the fifth U.S. president, James Monroe's Highland sprawls across a peaceful rural landscape, dotted with trails and showcasing elaborate gardens. President and Mrs. Monroe spent more than 40 years at their estate and, in September 1808, their daughter Eliza was married here.

The gorgeously manicured estate offers flexible indoor and outdoor space, an accommodating staff and a deep connection with nature. Couples are invited to transform the grounds to fit their personal theme and style, arranging a dream ceremony, cocktail hour and reception. Enjoy privacy and flexibility, stunning views and a natural rustic aesthetic among lush forestry and endless hillsides.

Design an outdoor ceremony on the vibrant Blue Ridge Lawn. Move to the garden for cocktail hour, capturing photos under the mature white oak backed by groves of deciduous trees. When it's time for dinner and dancing, gracefully flow into the covered wood pavilion with exposed ceiling beams or indoors to the climate-controlled banquet hall where large windows welcome natural light and a spacious porch and patio invite guests to watch the stars come to life.

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The Location


Tucked against the Southwest Mountains of Albemarle County, this private estate unfolds across a historic home, adjacent gardens and a peaceful rural rolling hill landscape.

Things To Do

Charlottesville is home to thriving orchards, farms, and more than 40 wineries that inspire unforgettable restaurant experiences. Hiking in Shenandoah National Park, renowned river kayaking, and championship golf offer thrills while a celebrated theater and local live music scene entertain. Our stages are well stocked with highly coveted acts. In fact, Charlottesville is where Dave Matthews Band and Coran Capshaw's Red Light Management — the largest independent music management company in the world — got their start. For a taste of history, Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, James Madison’s Montpelier, and James Monroe’s Highland offer guided glimpses into the Founding Fathers’ legacies.


18 mi to Charlottesville–Albemarle Airport
7 mi to Downtown Mall
3 mi to Monticello
9 mi to UVA
28 mi to Shenandoah National Park

2050 James Monroe Pkwy, Charlottesville, VA 22902

The Details

Amenities & Services

  • Onsite events team
  • Spacious wooden pavilion
  • Outdoor lighting
  • Tables and chairs provided
  • Complimentary walk-through of the Monroe guest house

By the Numbers

  • 200 seated guest capacity for reception
  • 200 seated guest capacity for ceremony

Make it Yours

  • Host cocktail hour in the flourishing gardens with an acoustic band and signature his and hers drinks
  • Plan a picturesque photo shoot along the property's white picket fences and strolling the tree-lined entryway
  • Add custom drapery and bistro lighting to the wooden pavilion for a stylish reception

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