Ash Lawn-Highland in Charlottesville

President and Mrs. Monroe shared over 40 years as husband and wife, many of them at their estate they called Highland. Perhaps one of their happiest days was when their eldest daughter, Eliza, was married at their Highland homestead.

In the tradition of these historic marriages, Ash Lawn-Highland warmly invites couples to celebrate their union on the grounds of James and Elizabeth Monroe. A picturesque and historic house with adjacent gardens, Ash Lawn-Highland offers unique locations for both wedding ceremonies and receptions. Each party is provided optimal privacy and flexibility. We encourage you to welcome your guests to Ash Lawn-Highland as James and Elizabeth Monroe welcomed theirs.

With over 25 years’ experience in hosting wedding celebrations, Ash Lawn-Highland offers a charming, historic backdrop for your special day.

2050 James Monroe Parkway, Charlottesville, VA 22902
Max. Capacity
200 or more
Ceremony Site
Outside Catering
In-House Catering

Ceremony Location Options

Blue Ridge Yard – Secluded by boxwood gardens, this idyllic yard offers a stunning view of the neighboring mountains. Combined with the charm of the white farm fence in the background, this yard shows off the beauty of the Charlottesville countryside.

John’s Garden – This gorgeously groomed, floral accented, formal garden backs up to Highland, the historic home of President James Monroe. If you are searching for a ceremony with a historic setting, look no further!

Peacock Yard – Bordered with small boxwoods, this lush lawn is shaded by large ash trees that create a natural arch. The most spacious yard on the property, it is the ideal option for larger ceremonies.

Theater Yard – This charming area unites shade and beauty as well as offering a spectacular view of a 300 year old oak tree. Positioned between the boxwood gardens and a Victorian house addition, this yard is perfect for both cocktail hours and ceremonies.

Reception Options

Event Barn - Designed in the style of a historic barn on site, the Event Barn has two floors—a lower level encompassing a historic stone wall, and an upper level complete with a high raftered ceiling preserving the rustic farmhouse atmosphere. Both levels offer picturesque views of pastures and mountains. This indoor facility is heated and air conditioned. Seats as many as 175 for dinner on the upper level and as many as 150 for dinner on the lower level.

Hilltop Pavilion - A covered outdoor facility, the Hilltop Pavilion fuses rustic charm with an exquisite panoramic view of the surrounding mountain landscape. The raftered ceiling acts as a canvas allowing each couple to individualize their celebration – the result being that no two receptions are identical. Seats as many as 250 people for dinner. on


Courtney & Tom

August 29, 2015

Why This Wedding Won An Oscar The Nominees for Best Performance Use of Ash Lawn-Highland's spectacular greenery make us feel like we are in a fairytale. Chalkboards, names cards on clothes line,... Read More

Meg & Trey

October 04, 2014

From aunts growing flowers and assembling floral arrangements and other family members helping set the whole shebang up, to Meg & Trey doing all of their photos early as to not waste time celeb... Read More

Allison & Matt

August 30, 2014

M'dears, we're going to go ahead and give you a full warning - you need to brace yourselves for this beauty! From the moment we first laid eyes on this beautifully romantic day, our hearts have bee... Read More

Diane & Tyler

June 14, 2014

When weddings like this one from Jason Collins Photography come across my desk, I can't help but pinch myself and relish in the fact that I get to look at things that are this beautiful all day lon... Read More

Amie & Will

June 13, 2014

There are some days ('s every day) that I sit back in awe of Charlottesville's gorgeous weddings. And for many reasons, Amie & Will's summer fête is one of those gems that makes my hear... Read More

4 out of 4 B&B Couples Recommend
Ash Lawn-Highland
Amie & Will

I couldn't imagine a better place to host my summer wedding - Ash Lawn offered beautiful outdoor scenery and a rustic venue that was perfect for my tastes, and my history-loving fiance was thrilled to have the wedding at this historic venue. The event coordinator, Brittany, was not only enthusiastic but extremely quick and professional in all communication, answering the myriad questions I had about the venue. All the staff was very kind and helpful each time I visited the venue beforehand. The Read More

Highly Recommend!
Diane & Tyler

This was a very awesome vendor to work with and such a beautiful venue. Our contact person switched several months before our wedding date, but Britney was even better to work with. She was easily accessible, could answer all of our questions, and the venue was awesome - they let us bring in outside catering, were flexible with when we could bring other vendors into and out of the venue, and already had an ABC license. Would highly recommend!

Highly Recommend!
Allison & Matt

Ash Lawn is a beautiful property with a very accommodating staff. Many options for ceremony/cocktail hour sites all on the grounds. We had out wedding there at the end of August and could not have been happier with the way it turned out.

Abby & Chris

BEAUTIFUL, intimate, historic venue. Each garden/yard created a new space for guests to enjoy and explore at different points throughout the evening. Truly the venue of my dreams. That being said, we did have some issues with the event planning team being less than accommodating at times. There were several things that had been promised to us at the time of booking that were not done by the wedding (painting the ceiling of the pavilion, new restrooms in the pavilion, new lighting along the Read More