I was given free admission into each of the Presidents homes listed below to facilitate my review.
Virginia is an amazing state! Well, besides trying to drive through on I-95. I hate driving VA on 95… Thankfully, the rest of the state more than makes up for it’s horrible Interstate.
One of my favorite things about VA is that it’s so educational! There is a ton of history packed in every square inch of the state and all of it is worth seeing.
On my most recent trip, I was lucky enough to visit Charlotteville which is right in the middle of most of the Presidents homes. We saw three of them while we were there but there are more than 3 in VA! For the whole list, check out the Virginia.org President’s page.
Keep in mind that NONE of the houses allow photography inside because there are borrowed items that aren’t licensed to be photographed. So, unfortunately, I won’t have any pictures to show you but I can tell you that each of these houses were worth the price of admission.
Monticello~ the Home of Thomas Jefferson
No other home in the United States more accurately reflects the personality of its owner than Monticello, Thomas Jefferson’s architectural masterpiece and beloved mountaintop home. Guided tours of the house are offered daily throughout the year; outdoor gardens and plantation tours are offered daily April-October.
I loved touring Monticello because it was the only President’s home that had a kid’s tour. The tours a little long-winded and tend to be boring for those under 12 or so but I think that Monticello knows exactly what to do about that.
Monticello is gorgeous!
Montpelier~ The Home of James Madison
Montpelier is the lifelong home of James Madison, Father of the Constitution, architect of the Bill of Rights, and president of the United States. Now that the home’s architectural restoration is complete, visitors can see the progress of rediscovering James and Dolley Madison through the “Presidential Detective Story” with guided house tours, as well as a myriad of special “behind the scenes” experiences.
James Madison’s Montpelier. @JMMontpelier #travel View on Instagram
Ash Lawn- Highland~ The Home of James Monroe
In 1799, James Monroe and his family moved into Highland, their Albemarle “cabin castle,” adjacent to Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello. Jefferson had previously urged Monroe to move to the area to create a “society to our taste.”
Ash Lawn was probably my favorite home. The grounds were amazing, for one, and most of the house and old servants quarters were available to view.
Although all 3 of these Presidents claimed to be anti-slavery, all of them owned slaves and none of them set them free in their wills. That fact stuck with me for a long time.
This building was part guest quarters, part slave quarters.
Can you guess which side of the following collage was gust quarters and which side was slave quarters?
You might not always like what you see, but it is definitely worth seeing! The Presidents homes in Virginia are history and still have impact on present day!
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