This is one of those -- a post about our visit to Highland (also known as Ashlawn) - the farm and home of our fifth U. S. President James Monroe.
Next, we wandered over to a group of buildings. Some were visitor's quarters.
Others were slave quarters that were a lot more sparse.
This is another reason Pam and I will have to stay on the road another 20 years. We will have to retrace our steps and see if we have the story right. Each time we visit a place for the second or third time we get some impressions corrected in addition to learning new things.
We also had time to check out the peacock and chickens on site.
After about 25 minutes, it was time for our group to get a tour of the home.
No pictures were allowed inside the house. And I could not even find some internet photos of the inside to show. But here are some takeaways I had:
- Monroe was public servant for a long time - 40+ years
- He was wounded in the Revolutionary War, Ambassador to France, served at one time as both Secretary of War and Secretary of State, twice elected President
- He was heavily in debt after he left the Presidency and sold the farm
- He was responsible for the Monroe Doctrine which I remember from school (the U.S. policy that we support Latin American independence and freedom from outside colonization)