Ash Lawn Celebrates Anniversary

By: Elizabeth Donatelli
By: Elizabeth Donatelli

November 20, 2005

President James Monroe's home is celebrating it's 30th anniversary of being open to the public. The College of William and Mary bought Ash Lawn in 1975.

Speakers at the event included the college's new president Gene Nichol. He helped present two new treasures to the house.

The first being a replica of a dress Mrs. Monroe bought in Paris. The other, a chair--part of a 24 piece set the Monroes used in the White House.

"This is the only one in Virginia so it's a very major acquisition. Not only for us, as a Monroe site and museum, but also all of the state of Virginia. I feel like this is a Virginia chair in the truest sense of the word," said Executive Director of Ash Lawn-Highland Carolyn Holmes.

The next major project for Ash Lawn is the construction of a barn that would house educational programs in the winter, a museum, and office and storage space.

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