Group Tours

Group Tours at Highland are uniquely tailored for parties of 15 or more. Enhance your group tour experience by adding Highland Fare box lunches in an event space or an audience with a costumed James Monroe reenactor (subject to availability). Please email education@highland.org or call 434-293-8000 with questions and to inquire about availability.

Evening tours for groups are available upon request.

Adult Groups

Welcome to Highland
Time: 1.5 hours

Adult groups will be met by one of our expert guides for a 40 minute tour which includes the site of the recently discovered 1799 Main House, the 1818 Presidential Guest House, plus exhibit spaces. Learn the significance of Highland and its occupants, as well as how recent archaeological discoveries have upturned the understanding of this plantation. Allow time for independent exploration of the grounds, original outbuildings, and the museum shop.
adults $13 | accompanying youth $9

Furnishing a New Nation
Time: 1.5 hours
This tour takes a focused look at the historical significance of the Monroes’ original furnishings and explores the use of style in early American politics. The rich collection of family pieces tells a compelling story of James and Elizabeth Monroe’s role shaping the new nation.
adults $13 | accompanying youth $9

Rediscovering Highland
Time: 1.5 hours
How did a presidential home become lost and found? During this tour participants will learn how archaeology, architectural clues and written accounts enabled Highland to rediscover the Monroes’ main house, as well as identify the presidential guest house on the property.
adults $13 | accompanying youth $9

Founding Friendships
Time: 1.5 hours
James Monroe personally knew and corresponded with all the founding presidents: George Washington, John Adams and his son John Quincy Adams, Thomas Jefferson and James Madison. Using excerpts from their letters, this tour dives into the relations that influenced the politics of the founding era, and how those relationships changed over time.
adults $13 | accompanying youth $9

Youth Groups

Perspectives (6th-12th grade)
Time: 1.5 hours
Guided tour of interiors, exteriors and grounds where students are invited to think about friendships, family relationships, risk-taking, conflict, and slavery at Highland by posing essential questions that focus on the students’ own experiences and understanding of the world. Students are encouraged to empathize with the dilemmas of the founding era and to draw understanding that is applicable today. Historic games available upon request.
youth $9 | accompanying adults $13

Rediscovering Highland (6th-12th grade)
Time: 1.5 hours
Guided tour of interiors, exteriors and grounds where students will learn how the Monroes’ main house was lost and then rediscovered. Hands-on activities will evaluate primary and secondary sources, explore the pathways of archaeological research, and interpret real artifacts. Students will engage in historical thinking skills and consider how new information changes our understanding of the past.
youth $9 | accompanying adults $13

The augmented reality experience is currently not available for group tours.