Monroe's Home and Vineyard Tour

Spend a beautiful fall day with your fellow Club members

We'll visit James Monroe’s country estate, Ash Lawn-Highland, in historic Charlottesville, followed by a visit to Barboursville Vineyards for lunch and wine tasting.

Monroe Home Tour

Saturday, Oct. 17th, 8:30am

2017 I Street Northwest

Washington, DC

The restored home of our fifth president, Ash Lawn-Highland sits on 550-acres in rural Albemarle County, adjacent to Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello. The Monroe family owned the plantation from 1793 until 1826. Maintained by Monroe’s alma mater, the College of William and Mary, the home and grounds serve as “a historic shrine” to the last Founding Father.

Nearby lies Barboursville Vineyard, on the grounds of Monroe’s friend and neighbor James Barbour, whose Palladian octagonal home was designed by Jefferson. The vineyard was founded in 1976 by Italian winemakers Gianni and Silvana Zonin, and Barboursville’s flagship wine “Octagon” has won 50 Gold Medals, two Monticello Cups and the Virginia Governor’s Cup. Attesting to its excellence. Queen Elizabeth II toasted the 400th anniversary of Jamestown with a glass of Octagon wine!


Tour participants will leave the Arts Club on Saturday, October 17, at 8:30 am, and return at 5:00 pm. The all-inclusive cost of the trip (bus, Ash Lawn-Highland admission, vineyard tour, wine tasting and box lunch on vineyard grounds) is $100. Space is very limited, so please reserve early