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James Monroe's Highlands grounds to open Thursday

James Monroe’s Highland will re-open to the public on Thursday after being closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Officials for President James Monroe’s homestead said the site will be open Thursdays through Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for visitors to tour the gardens, lawns and historic landscapes. Building interiors will remain closed to the public.

“With careful planning we have developed a safe, fun, and educational experience for our guests,” said Highland Executive Director Sara Bon-Harper. “We are pleased to be able to re-open and share the rich history of Highland with the public.”

The visit includes a low-contact outdoor interpretation station for interactive learning about Highland’s history, a takeaway paper brochure with a map and facts about the property, and a scavenger hunt for children. Monroe’s Presidential Guesthouse interiors will not be open to visitors at this time.

Admission is $8, free for children younger than six. Guests are encouraged to purchase tickets online at

Trails on the site will also open Thursday with free admission. Trails will open at the same time as the grounds and guests must register at the low-touch outdoor registration table. All trails guests must leave the property by 4:15 p.m.


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