James Monroe Museum & Memorial Library

Fredericksburg is home to a small museum dedicated to James Monroe, last of the Founding Fathers and the 5th President of the United States of America. Considering the large role he played in the American Revolution, it is surprising that this memorial library is so small. One day we will have to make it out to Ash Lawn-Highland in Charlottesville, which was Monroe's official residence for 24 years.

This particular museum, which is on property that once belonged to Monroe, was opened in the late 1920's as a place for Monroe's descendants to house their personal collections that had been handed down. Photography is not allowed inside the museum so here are some of the outside.

Copper bust sculpture of James Monroe Museum and Memorial Library, Fredericksburg, VA, Virginia

James Monroe Museum and Memorial Library, Fredericksburg, VA, Virginia

Entrance to James Monroe Museum and Memorial Library, Fredericksburg, VA, Virginia

The museum houses several pieces of Monroe's wardrobe (including a snazzy vest he purchased in college), hand written letters, furniture, weapons, china.... while a small collection, it does give a pretty good insight into what kind of person Monroe was.

Next to the museum was an interesting, and old, graveyard.

graveyard near James Monroe Museum and Memorial Library, Fredericksburg, VA, Virginia

War of 1812 veteran, graveyard, James Monroe Museum and Memorial Library, Fredericksburg, VA, Virginia
A Freemason, Revolutionary Soldier, and War of 1812 Veteran.

James Monroe Museum & Memorial Library

Address: 908 Charles St, Fredericksburg, VA 22401
Hours: M-Sat 10am - 5pm, Sun 1pm - 5pm
Fees: $5
Websites: jamesmonroemuseum.umw.edu

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