Monroe, James, Family Home Site

Address Restricted, Oak Grove, Virginia. County/parish: Westmoreland.

NRIS 79003095

1 contributing site.

Added to the National Register of Historic Places July 24, 1979.

Also known as:

  • James Monroe's Birthplace

From Wikipedia:

James Monroe Family Home Site

James Monroe Family Home Site, also known as James Monroe's Birthplace, is a historic archaeological site located near Oak Grove and Colonial Beach, Westmoreland County, Virginia. The site includes the ruins of the Monroe Family Home and birthplace of President James Monroe (1758-1831), which were uncovered in 1976 by a team from the College of William & Mary. Monroe spent his entire youth working the farm until he left for his education at the College of William & Mary. The archaeological team uncovered a house foundation measuring 20 feet by 58 feet. The known 1845 etchings of the birth home indicate a small four room, rough cut wooden farm house with few outbuildings on a 500-acre farm filled with wetlands. The archaeological study clearly indicated that James Monroe's beginnings were humble.

It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1979, with a boundary increase in 2008. Construction started in 2017 to build a replica of James Monroe's childhood home on the site and to create a walking path that highlights his accomplishments; construction is expected to take two years.

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Significant persons associated with this site:

  • Monroe, James

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