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Ash Lawn-Highland

Charlottesville , VA
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2050 James Monroe Parkway
Charlottesville, VA 22902 US (map)

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434-293-8000

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President and Mrs. Monroe shared over 40 years as husband and wife, many of them at their estate they called Highland. Perhaps one of their happiest days was when their eldest daughter,... Read more
President and Mrs. Monroe shared over 40 years as husband and wife, many of them at their estate they called Highland. Perhaps one of their happiest days was when their eldest daughter, Eliza, was married at their Highland homestead.

In the tradition of these historic marriages, Ash Lawn-Highland warmly invites couples to celebrate their union on the grounds of James and Elizabeth Monroe. A picturesque and historic house with adjacent gardens, Ash Lawn-Highland offers unique locations for both wedding ceremonies and receptions. Each party is provided optimal privacy and flexibility. We encourage you to welcome your guests to Ash Lawn-Highland as James and Elizabeth Monroe welcomed theirs.

With over 25 years’ experience in hosting wedding celebrations, Ash Lawn-Highland offers a charming, historic backdrop for your special day.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, please contact us today at 434-293-8000 or info@ashlawnhighland.org Read less
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Megan
Wedding:
6/28/2014
5.0/5.0
Ash Lawn-Highland is absolutely beautiful and Brittany Harton was a wonderful site coordinator. She was extremely responsive which only made our experience that more wonderful and special to us. Vendors had great accessibility to our reception site on the property and the grounds were absolutely beautiful. It was an unforgettable day overall, and we couldn't be happier to have gotten married at Ash Lawn!!
Ash Lawn-Highland is absolutely beautiful and Brittany Harton was a wonderful site coordinator. She was extremely Read more...
Ash Lawn-Highland is absolutely beautiful and Brittany Harton was a wonderful site coordinator. She was extremely responsive which only made our experience that more wonderful and special to us. Vendors had great accessibility to our reception site on the property and the grounds were absolutely beautiful. It was an unforgettable day overall, and we couldn't be happier to have gotten married at Ash Lawn!! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Ash Lawn-Highland was very accommodating to our needs and were flexible regarding the start time of our event. The location is a great value as it is competitively priced and the whole property is available to you for the day. We used one lawn for the ceremony, another for games, and the wonderful pavilion for our reception, which could also serve as a great rain location. It was very reassuring having that safety net as we did have summer storm clouds on our wedding day.
Ash Lawn-Highland was very accommodating to our needs and were flexible regarding the start time of our event. The Read more...
Ash Lawn-Highland was very accommodating to our needs and were flexible regarding the start time of our event. The location is a great value as it is competitively priced and the whole property is available to you for the day. We used one lawn for the ceremony, another for games, and the wonderful pavilion for our reception, which could also serve as a great rain location. It was very reassuring having that safety net as we did have summer storm clouds on our wedding day. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
The staff at Ash Lawn-Highland match their venue - pleasant, easy, accommodating. If ALH is your venue choice because of its mix of beauty and vibe, you will not be disappointed by the attentive and professional staff. Book early :)
The staff at Ash Lawn-Highland match their venue - pleasant, easy, accommodating. If ALH is your venue choice because of Read more...
The staff at Ash Lawn-Highland match their venue - pleasant, easy, accommodating. If ALH is your venue choice because of its mix of beauty and vibe, you will not be disappointed by the attentive and professional staff. Book early :) Read less
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Sarah
Wedding:
7/6/2013
5.0/5.0
We absolutely love James Monroe's Ash Lawn-Highland. My husband and I visit president's homes as a hobby and literally fell in love with Ash Lawn the first time we visited. A few years later, after my future husband proposed at Monticello.... we booked Ash Lawn as our wedding venue that week! Baylor is simply the best!! He did everything we needed and was in contact with us throughout the process! If you are a history buff looking for the perfect place.... pick Ash Lawn-Highland. No president's home compares!!!!!! Happiest days of our life was at this beautiful location! All of our guests said it was the most amazing wedding they have ever been to.... one guest said, "every nook and cranny is simply gorgeous"
We absolutely love James Monroe's Ash Lawn-Highland. My husband and I visit president's homes as a hobby and literally Read more...
We absolutely love James Monroe's Ash Lawn-Highland. My husband and I visit president's homes as a hobby and literally fell in love with Ash Lawn the first time we visited. A few years later, after my future husband proposed at Monticello.... we booked Ash Lawn as our wedding venue that week! Baylor is simply the best!! He did everything we needed and was in contact with us throughout the process! If you are a history buff looking for the perfect place.... pick Ash Lawn-Highland. No president's home compares!!!!!! Happiest days of our life was at this beautiful location! All of our guests said it was the most amazing wedding they have ever been to.... one guest said, "every nook and cranny is simply gorgeous" Read less
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Nikki
Wedding:
9/10/2011
5.0/5.0
LOVED LOVED LOVED Ash Lawn. Baylor was extremely responsive and helpful leading up to my wedding. Everything went perfectly and my guests were awed by the grounds. I couldn't recommend it more!
LOVED LOVED LOVED Ash Lawn. Baylor was extremely responsive and helpful leading up to my wedding. Everything went Read more...
LOVED LOVED LOVED Ash Lawn. Baylor was extremely responsive and helpful leading up to my wedding. Everything went perfectly and my guests were awed by the grounds. I couldn't recommend it more! Read less
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Keri
Wedding:
8/14/2010
5.0/5.0
Baylor Reinhart was our contact person at Ash Lawn - Highland and he was wonderful. He was VERY responsive and did everything he could to make sure our day was what we wanted (including accepting Fed Ex deliveries in the days before the wedding as we were planning our wedding from out-of-town). He also inspired some serious confidence when he told me that he had helped organize 132 weddings that were held at the outdoor venue without rain during the ceremony. It is breathtakingly beautiful venue and there is only one rule: no sparklers. Although this venue is expensive there are three important points about the cost 1) the majority of the fee charged is a tax-deductible donation; 2) because the venue is so beautiful, you only need minimal flowers and other decore - i.e. it is different than decorating a hotel ball room; 3) you can have the ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception in different areas of the venue (the estate is large), so you don't have to incur the additional cost of a donation to a church, or renting an additional room for child care (we had child care in the air-conditioned conference room that has a great patio and yard for the kids to play), and you can avoid hosting the cocktail hour in the hallway outside the hotel ball room.

Although the venue is truly amazing, it is a bit more rustic than most - meaning that you need to build a good team of vendors that are familiar with the venue so you don't get bogged down with the logistics. For example, I would definitely consider 20 South as your caterer as they have their own catering kitchen (a much needed asset at Ash Lawn - Highlands that many other caterers must rent and they pass on the cost to you) and they know the size and number of plastic curtains that you may consider renting in case of rain during the reception. 20 South also handles all the rental orders for linens, china, etc., for you at cost (Ash Lawn has tables you can use, but the chairs are a little beat up so you may consider renting them).

The last (and probably most important) aspect of this venue is the freedom they give you to make a memorable event. Our wedding was on a Saturday and we were the only wedding of the weekend. We showed up on Thursday morning and clean-up did not occur until Sunday, Baylor was not only OK with our extended use of the property, but encouraged it by saying "The place is yours, use all of it and do what you will - but no sparklers!"

We would recommend this gorgeous, historic venue without hesitation!
Baylor Reinhart was our contact person at Ash Lawn - Highland and he was wonderful. He was VERY responsive and did Read more...
Baylor Reinhart was our contact person at Ash Lawn - Highland and he was wonderful. He was VERY responsive and did everything he could to make sure our day was what we wanted (including accepting Fed Ex deliveries in the days before the wedding as we were planning our wedding from out-of-town). He also inspired some serious confidence when he told me that he had helped organize 132 weddings that were held at the outdoor venue without rain during the ceremony. It is breathtakingly beautiful venue and there is only one rule: no sparklers. Although this venue is expensive there are three important points about the cost 1) the majority of the fee charged is a tax-deductible donation; 2) because the venue is so beautiful, you only need minimal flowers and other decore - i.e. it is different than decorating a hotel ball room; 3) you can have the ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception in different areas of the venue (the estate is large), so you don't have to incur the additional cost of a donation to a church, or renting an additional room for child care (we had child care in the air-conditioned conference room that has a great patio and yard for the kids to play), and you can avoid hosting the cocktail hour in the hallway outside the hotel ball room.

Although the venue is truly amazing, it is a bit more rustic than most - meaning that you need to build a good team of vendors that are familiar with the venue so you don't get bogged down with the logistics. For example, I would definitely consider 20 South as your caterer as they have their own catering kitchen (a much needed asset at Ash Lawn - Highlands that many other caterers must rent and they pass on the cost to you) and they know the size and number of plastic curtains that you may consider renting in case of rain during the reception. 20 South also handles all the rental orders for linens, china, etc., for you at cost (Ash Lawn has tables you can use, but the chairs are a little beat up so you may consider renting them).

The last (and probably most important) aspect of this venue is the freedom they give you to make a memorable event. Our wedding was on a Saturday and we were the only wedding of the weekend. We showed up on Thursday morning and clean-up did not occur until Sunday, Baylor was not only OK with our extended use of the property, but encouraged it by saying "The place is yours, use all of it and do what you will - but no sparklers!"

We would recommend this gorgeous, historic venue without hesitation! Read less
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Amanda
Wedding:
9/28/2014
4.9/5.0
They were always quick to respond to our emails and questions, we thought the value for having just the ceremony there was very good. The only negative thing we have to say is that there was one employee who promised us things they shouldn't have. However, this person was dealt with and Ash Lawn-Highland was willing to work with us to make sure we still got what we desired & were promised. Our wedding was running late (due to our musician), and a staff member (I think her name was Kate) helped keep me calm, offered water, a chair, ...anything to help make me feel comfortable while I waited. The staff at Ash Lawn-Highland was very professional and we would recommend the venue to others. John's Garden looked perfect for our wedding! Our guests kept complimenting us on how beautiful the location was
They were always quick to respond to our emails and questions, we thought the value for having just the ceremony there was Read more...
They were always quick to respond to our emails and questions, we thought the value for having just the ceremony there was very good. The only negative thing we have to say is that there was one employee who promised us things they shouldn't have. However, this person was dealt with and Ash Lawn-Highland was willing to work with us to make sure we still got what we desired & were promised. Our wedding was running late (due to our musician), and a staff member (I think her name was Kate) helped keep me calm, offered water, a chair, ...anything to help make me feel comfortable while I waited. The staff at Ash Lawn-Highland was very professional and we would recommend the venue to others. John's Garden looked perfect for our wedding! Our guests kept complimenting us on how beautiful the location was Read less
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Amie
Wedding:
7/13/2014
4.8/5.0
I couldn't imagine a better place to host my summer wedding - Ash Lawn offered beautiful outdoor scenery and a rustic venue that was perfect for my tastes, and my history-loving fiance was thrilled to have the wedding at this historic venue. The event coordinator, Brittany, was not only enthusiastic but extremely quick and professional in all communication, answering the myriad questions I had about the venue. All the staff was very kind and helpful each time I visited the venue beforehand. The outdoor Pavilion is simple yet offers amazing views of the Virginia mountains, and was a wonderful place to host my BBQ themed wedding dinner. There was plenty of space for my 240 guests under the Pavilion, and the grounds around it provided ample space for children to play, adults to mingle, and extra dance floor when it got a little toasty under the Pavilion (it was about 100 degrees that day, and while there are fans in there, it was really hot and humid!) I would highly recommend Ash Lawn for Charlottesville brides, as it is more affordable than some other area venues and in my opinion, breathtakingly beautiful!
I couldn't imagine a better place to host my summer wedding - Ash Lawn offered beautiful outdoor scenery and a rustic Read more...
I couldn't imagine a better place to host my summer wedding - Ash Lawn offered beautiful outdoor scenery and a rustic venue that was perfect for my tastes, and my history-loving fiance was thrilled to have the wedding at this historic venue. The event coordinator, Brittany, was not only enthusiastic but extremely quick and professional in all communication, answering the myriad questions I had about the venue. All the staff was very kind and helpful each time I visited the venue beforehand. The outdoor Pavilion is simple yet offers amazing views of the Virginia mountains, and was a wonderful place to host my BBQ themed wedding dinner. There was plenty of space for my 240 guests under the Pavilion, and the grounds around it provided ample space for children to play, adults to mingle, and extra dance floor when it got a little toasty under the Pavilion (it was about 100 degrees that day, and while there are fans in there, it was really hot and humid!) I would highly recommend Ash Lawn for Charlottesville brides, as it is more affordable than some other area venues and in my opinion, breathtakingly beautiful! Read less
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Rachel
Wedding:
6/29/2014
4.4/5.0
Gorgeous scenery. Everything was perfect, except for a few details:
1) There was bird poop on the floors (! How did it get there? No idea) and the windows. We cleaned the floors ourselves, but the poop on the windows stayed because it was on the outside and 2 stories off the ground.
2) In the days leading up to the wedding and the day of, the event/wedding coordinator completely stopped responding to emails or phone calls. A little weird, but maybe she figured her job was done?
3) The lights in the Event Barn do not dim. Minor annoyance during the first dances and dancing part of the reception. Hey, I guess too much light is better than not enough. I would have put up more lights of my own though had I known this so I didn't have to use theirs.

Other than that, typical Ash Lawn Highland gorgeousness. The views are amazing. They allow your guests a walk-through informal tour of the the home, which was fun for most people.

All things considered, a great venue.
Gorgeous scenery. Everything was perfect, except for a few details:
1) There was bird poop on the floors (! How did it Read more...
Gorgeous scenery. Everything was perfect, except for a few details:
1) There was bird poop on the floors (! How did it get there? No idea) and the windows. We cleaned the floors ourselves, but the poop on the windows stayed because it was on the outside and 2 stories off the ground.
2) In the days leading up to the wedding and the day of, the event/wedding coordinator completely stopped responding to emails or phone calls. A little weird, but maybe she figured her job was done?
3) The lights in the Event Barn do not dim. Minor annoyance during the first dances and dancing part of the reception. Hey, I guess too much light is better than not enough. I would have put up more lights of my own though had I known this so I didn't have to use theirs.

Other than that, typical Ash Lawn Highland gorgeousness. The views are amazing. They allow your guests a walk-through informal tour of the the home, which was fun for most people.

All things considered, a great venue. Read less
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Madison
Wedding:
5/25/2014
4.3/5.0
Ash Lawn is hands down one of the most beautiful spots in Charlottesville. And their rates are very reasonable, compared with some of the other outdoor options in town. Because they are a historical site, they might have a little less flexibility than other venues, as they have to accommodate tours etc. And their bathroom and indoor facilities could stand to be upgraded. Their staff however is extremely professional and responsive, and Ash Lawn overall is a great value.
Ash Lawn is hands down one of the most beautiful spots in Charlottesville. And their rates are very reasonable, compared Read more...
Ash Lawn is hands down one of the most beautiful spots in Charlottesville. And their rates are very reasonable, compared with some of the other outdoor options in town. Because they are a historical site, they might have a little less flexibility than other venues, as they have to accommodate tours etc. And their bathroom and indoor facilities could stand to be upgraded. Their staff however is extremely professional and responsive, and Ash Lawn overall is a great value. Read less
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