New specialty tours introduced at Highland

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ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- People interested in a different take on a local historic spot can now check out three new specialty tours.

James Monroe's Highland is now offering three specialty tours called Furnishing a New Nation, Rediscovering Highland, and Founding Friendships.

“We are pleased to expand our tour offerings to include thematic programming,” said Sara Bon-Harper, Highland's executive director. “Our new specialty tours allow guests to explore Highland from different perspectives using insightful interpretations. We hope that our regular visitors will want to experience all the new offerings.”

Each of the specialty tours takes a look at Highland from a different perspective.

The Furnishing a New Nation one looks at the historical significance of the original furnishings in the home and explores the use of style in early American politics.

Rediscovering Highland looks at how the remains of the original 1799 home were discovered using archaeology, architectural clues and written accounts. The structure was destroyed in a fire after Monroe sold it in the 1820s.

The third specialty tour, Founding Friendships, focuses on Monroe's relationships with all of the founding presidents: George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison and John Quincy Adams.

The tours rotate daily and are held at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m., and the site continues to offer its original Welcome to Highland tour.

The Furnishing a New Nation tour is offered on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays; the Rediscovering Highland takes place on Wednesdays and Sundays; and Founding Friendships tours are on Mondays and Thursdays.

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