President Monroe’s Ash Lawn Highland

The Gardens of President Monroe’s Ash Lawn Highland – Images by Kathryn Wagner
“Our country may be likened to a new house. We lack many things, but we possess the most precious of all – liberty!”¬† – President James Monroe
Ash Lawn Highland was the estate of President James Monroe. President Monroe and his family lived in what was then called ‘Ash Lawn’ from 1799 – 1823. The extensive gardens are maintained with historical accuracy to convey an immersive experience to visitors. Today a museum and working agricultural farm can be found alongside the beautiful property that is Ash Lawn Highland. I really enjoyed spending time there exploring the traditional layout of the gardens, and seeing the livestock kept on the property. The gardens are impeccably maintained and a must-see this fall, especially if you are in the area.

 (Kathryn Wagner)

Image of the Week, October 4 2010: Peace Hill Lookout

 (Kathryn Wagner)
Peace hill is one of my favorite spots on St. John, and a great place for a quick hike and a swim in nearby Denis Bay. From 1953 until hurricane Marylin swept through the island, there was a giant Christ of the Caribbean statue atop the hill. (The colonial era windmill in the linked photo still stands.)Peace Hill is definitely peaceful, and a great place to spot sailboats traveling to the British Virgin Islands.