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An Anonymous DonorMary Jae Abbitt Sushka matched $1 for each $1 donated, donating a total of $500

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An Anonymous DonorTara Campbell Ruszkowski matched $1 for each $1 donated, donating a total of $1,500
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We want to share the Highland Rustic Trail System with you before it is open to the public! Donors are invited to enjoy a hike with Highland Executive Director, Sara Bon-Harper and Marketing & Events Manager, Jason Woodle. Donors should convene at the Highland Museum Shop. Comfortable shoes and a water bottle are recommended. RSVP to for additional details.

Purpose: To provide support for the purchase, production and installation of a trailhead kiosk and interpretive signage at Highland.

A BIG Thank You to everyone who has contributed to the Highland Trails Signage Project! We are grateful that so many people have been willing to help us meet our goal. We are excited to envision the completion of our project in the near future! Additional funds above our original dollar goal will be used to provide greater depth to the historical information included. We’ll add to our research budget and increase the knowledge we can share when you visit. Thank you for contributing to greater quality and deeper understanding of the Highland property!

James Monroe’s Highland, home of the fifth U.S. president, is the western outpost of William & Mary. It is a historic site where recent research has overturned our understanding of one of William & Mary’s most notable alumni. To enhance our offerings and build a diverse community around hiking, and historical ecology, Highland has created a set of rustic trails to invite visitors to experience the 535 acres of historic landscape: rolling hills, creeks, pastures, and woodland that lie beyond the site’s core. The system of hiking/walking trails invite visitors of all ages to enjoy outdoor recreation while exploring the presidential site. These trails will eventually connect to nearby historic sites and the City of Charlottesville, with the possibility to engage a large supportive audience drawn to this recreational offering.

The historic and ecological elements that will be interpreted on the trail signs include observations of current landscape features and their historic significance. For example, we might identify current trees, and outline the role of timber harvesting during Monroe’s ownership of the property in a brief text. A historic road might be marked with anecdotes of Monroe and Jefferson riding between their adjacent properties. The source of a stream high on the hillside could allow us to interpret a sawmill and gristmill that Monroe had powered by the water that eventually ran strong through the flat land. These elements all act as invitations to visitors to see past the present and into historic uses of the landscape.


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