Season 2, Episode 5-James Monroe and Highland

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Tracking down Ol' Rough and Ready, Zachary Taylor, 12th President, and his homes in locations like Louisville, Baton Rouge, and along the Mississippi River! Learn about Zachary's military career and turn to politics, his brief administration, his wife, Peggy, and children, as well as what happened to his homes! Check out the website at for visual aids, links, past episodes, recommended reading, and other information!Episode Page: 1 Zachary Taylor Episode-"Zachary Taylor and Montebello"Support the show
  1. S2 E12 Zachary Taylor and Louisville
  2. S2 E11 James Polk and Columbia
  3. S2 E10 John Tyler and Sherwood Forest
  4. S2 E9 William Henry Harrison and Grouseland
  5. S2 E8 Martin Van Buren and Lindenwald

James Monroe, Fifth President, is connected to several properties, most notably Highland, with Oak Hill and New York City also having a connection. Learn about Monroe’s properties, as well as his time as president and his wife, Elizabeth, as well as his homes!

Be sure to check out James Monroe’s “Visiting the Presidents” Episode from Season 1, James Monroe and Colonial Beach!

James Monroe’s Highland official website.

Highland and Slavery from the Highland website.

James Monroe’s Oak Hill from the National Park Service.

Founder’s Farm: James Monroe’s Oak Hill from National Trust for Historic Preservation.

The Lost James Monroe House from “Daytonian in Manhattan” blog.

From My June 2017 Visit!

From My August 2010 Visit!

Great graphic showing the complexity of understanding the two major houses of Ash-Lawn Highland, and why the confusion exists.
Highland from above, by Virginia Tourism Corporation.
Highland painting from Historical Archaeology and Public Engagement.
Oak Hill today, from National Trust for Historic Preservation.
Marker for Monroe’s First Farm, today on the University of Virginia campus.
James and Elizabeth Monroe, from the White House Historical Association.

James Monroe’s Highland: 2050 James Monroe Parkway, Charlottesville, VA.

Recommended Reading

Harlow Giles Unger, The Last Founding Father: James Monroe and a Nation’s Call to Greatness.
Tim McGrath, James Monroe: A Life.
Harry Ammon, James Monroe: The Quest for National Identity.

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I'm a Professor of History at Central Arizona College and someone who loves history and travel; my new blog will combine those interests!

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