The following is a magnified image of the current topography surrounding the site of the Ash Lawn-Highland plantation. The dark line drawn around Ash Lawn in this image represents an area roughly equal to the 1,000 acres first acquired by Monroe. This area is outlined to give you an idea of the size and general boundaries of Monroe's initial acquisition, but it is not accurate in detail. This property was bounded on the north by Thomas Jefferson's Monticello, and on the south by Massey Creek and a line running up that creek to the top of what is now called Carter's Mountain.
As can be seen from such topographic maps, the Universal Transverse Mercator Coordinates for the Ash Lawn-Highland property are 17.723000.4206000. It is located at 375854N latitude an 0782722W longitude, four miles to the southeast of Charlottesville, off State Routes 53 and 795, and to the south of Monticello (MacCullough and Siegel 1979).
|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 Massie's 1907 "Historical Map of Albemarle"|
|View the Highland area on an 1826 historical topographic map|
|Review details of original records on the Ash Lawn-Highland tract|
| 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|