Original Author: James Monroe
Created: March 9, 1826, edition
Medium: Newspaper advertisement

“Land for Sale”

In this advertisement published in the March 9, 1826, edition of the Richmond Enquirer newspaper, James Monroe offers for sale his Albemarle County plantation, Highland. He describes the 8,500-acre tract of land as being "of good quality, and remarkably well timbered and watered," and sited along the south side of the Rivanna River. The property includes "a commodious dwelling house, buildings for servants, and other domestic purposes, good stables, two barns, with threshing machines, a grist and saw mill, with good houses for managers and laborers ... and all in good repair." Monroe also offers for sale two other Albemarle County farms of a much smaller size.

Monroe wrote the advertisement at Oak Hill, his plantation in Loudoun County, which was closer to Washington D.C. and boasted a much grander residence than the one at Highland. Monroe probably purchased ads in the newspaper for a certain block of time, because by the publication date above he had already sold 907 core acres of Highland along with the main house and outbuildings. The deed for that sale was dated January 1, 1826.


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