An Account of James Monroe's Land Holdings

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By Christopher Fennell

Map Images of Ash Lawn-Highland

The image below is from Frank A. Massie's 1907 "New and Historical Map of Albemarle County," which is believed to be fairly accurate in its details and proportions. This map shows the location of Ash Lawn-Highland and surrounding properties and topography.

The estate called Morven, shown on this map to the south of Ash Lawn, is in the same location as William Short's earlier Indian Camp plantation. You can see Indian Camp Creek just to the southwest of Morven. Philip Mazzei's Colle plantation was located along the Colle Branch, to the east of Monticello. The road running north-south to the east of Ash Lawn was called Carter's Bridge Road on most historical maps, and is now James Monroe Parkway, State Route 795. Massie's map depicts this as the path of a raid by Col. Sheridan in 1865. Copies of this map are on file at the Albemarle County Historical Society.

Massie Map excerpt

Another historical map is the Green Peyton "Map of Albemarle County, Virginia," made in 1875. That map shows similar details as the later Massie map. The Greene Peyton map places the name of "Massey" next to the Ash Lawn site. The Massey family had purchased the 535 1/2 acre Ash Lawn property, and an adjoining 95 1/4 acres tract, in 1867. Copies of the Green Peyton map may be found in the Albemarle County Historical Society's collections.

View an outline of the original 1,000 acre Highland property
View an outline of the 3,500 acres of Highland at its largest (large file)
View an outline of the current 535 1/2 acre Ash Lawn-Highland tract (large file)
View the Highland area on an 1826 historical topographic map
Review details of original records on the Ash Lawn-Highland tract

To view a particular topic on Monroe's land holdings,
click on the desired subject below

1. The Ash Lawn-Highland plantation
2. Monroe Hill, site of the University of Virginia
3. Parcels in Downtown Charlottesville
4. The Limestone Farm in Albemarle
5. The Oak Hill plantation in Loudoun County
6. A residence in Fredericksburg
7. A residence and land in Henrico County
8. Other speculative land holdings in Kentucky and elsewhere
9. A List of Sources and References Cited

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Last Modified: September 2, 2012