President's Day in December

Ashlawn and Monticello


$153 MCC district residents

December 5, 2018

Please arrive by 6:45am, bus leaves promptly at 7:00am.  Tour returns approximately at 7:00pm.  Pick up place TBD.  



Once there were two famous men who were good friends, both presidents of the United States, born in Albemarle County, Virginia and lived just a short distance from each other.  James Monroe, our fifth president lived at his home named Highland for 25 years.  It was Thomas Jefferson who encouraged Monroe to purchase Highland which was adjacent to Jefferson’s home, Monticello. Unfortunately, due to increasing debt, Monroe was forced to sell his beloved estate in 1825.  Fittingly, the home is now owned and operated by Monroe’s alma mater, the College of William and Mary.  Our guided tour consists of the house and any additions that Monroe made. Just recently archaeologists discovered the foundation of a much larger house now presumed to be Monroe’s home.

     Lunch will be at Michie’s Tavern, opened in 1784 and is designated as a Virginia historic landmark.  The lunch will be traditional and homemade southern fare. The Tavern Gift Shop and General Store will be filled with holiday goodies.  

     Monticello is our last stop of the day because there is so much to explore. Jefferson began creating and building Monticello at the young age of 26 and modeled it after the designs of the Italian Renaissance architect, Andrea Palladio who Jefferson greatly admired. For Jefferson, Monticello was an ongoing project.  Started in 1772, this grand estate started out as a plantation house but after Jefferson’s trips to Europe as Secretary of State, many of the classical buildings of Italy and France influenced Jefferson’s designs.  The outbuildings and slave quarters may also be visited.

     This is a day that takes a rare glimpse into the lives of two presidents who helped shape our great nation.  Do not miss this opportunity to learn about their lives and also enjoy a delicious lunch at the famed Michie’s Tavern.  Ashlawn and Monticello will be decorated for the holidays.

$158/$153 McLean residents, which includes deluxe motor coach transportation, admission to Highland and Monticello, buffet lunch, morning snack and driver tip.  Please arrive by 6:45am, bus leaves promptly at 7:00am.  Tour returns approximately at 7:00pm.  Pick up place TBD.  Please make check to Excursionaire.  


Any questions, email Maureen at or call 703-323-9040.

Maureen D. Cyron
5205 Olley Lane, Burke, Virginia 22015


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