James Monroe's Highland




James Monroe's Highland is a charming site to host your wedding celebration. This historic site, the home of President James Monroe, is located in beautiful Charlottesville, Virginia. The venue offers a variety of ceremonial sites: John's Garden, the formal garden behind the Highland house, a manicured floral space. The Peacock Yard, bordered with small boxwoods and shaded by a large ash tree, creates a natural archway that is is beautiful for large ceremonies. For your reception the Highland has a lovely Event Barn. The barn has two floors and handsomely showcases the stone wall interior and high wooden rafter ceilings. This rustic space is absolutely stunning with the addition of simple flowers and candles. It is a lovely site to dine and dance into the evening while viewing nearby mountains and pastures. For those seeking an outdoor reception Highland has a Hilltop Pavilion. This covered area keeps you and your guests close to nature and ready to dance under the stars. James Monroe's Highland is an adaptive venue that showcases simple historic elegance at its finest.

Venue Style

Event Center, Barn/Farm/Ranch, Park/Garden, Vintage/Rustic, Outdoor


Indoor/Outdoor Ceremony, Indoor/Outdoor Reception


Max Indoor Ceremony: 200 guests
Max Outdoor Ceremony: 150 guests
Max Indoor Reception: 150 guests
Max Outdoor Reception: 200 guests

Time Restrictions

Set up time can start at 11:00AM. Events must end by midnight. Event clean-up can continue until 10:00 am the following morning.

Rental Fees

The rental fee ranges from $3,300 to $6,700 for a ceremony and reception and includes 13 hours of rental time including set up and clean up time. A cocktail hour is also included with a ceremony and reception. A refundable security deposit of $500 is required. A portion of the rental fee is a philanthropic tax-deductible donation, which goes directly toward the funding of restoration projects for the historic estate of President James Monroe. For ceremony-only or reception-only weddings, please inquire directly with the venue for pricing.

Wedding Cost

The average wedding cost at James Monroe's Highland is estimated at between $7,270 and $16,915 for a ceremony & reception for 100 guests.


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Amenities Included

Bride's dressing area
Tables and chairs provided
Outdoor lighting
Day-of coordinator
Kitchen for prep only
Large parking lot

Special Restrictions

General liability insurance required
No rice, birdseed, confetti, etc.
Choose from a list for catering
Amplified music OK indoors and outdoors
No smoking
Alcohol must be served by licensed bartender/caterer
Music must end by 11:30PM
A portion of the rental fee is tax deductible