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111-0066 James Monroe Law Office

James Monroe Law Office
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VLR Listing Date 09/09/1969

NRHP Listing Date 11/13/1966

NHL Listing Date 11/13/1966

NPS property number 66000917

James Monroe moved to Fredericksburg in 1789 and began his law practice in an office on Charles Street, launching a career in public service that would carry him on to be a U.S. senator; American minister to France, England, and Spain; governor of Virginia; secretary of state; and fifth president of the United States. Monroe’s Fredericksburg’s practice is memorialized in this Charles Street building, erected in several stages, the last being perhaps as late as the 1840s. The building stands near the site of Monroe’s actual office in the Fredericksburg Historic District, and is itself a well-preserved example of a Federal period attorney’s office. The museum, owned by Mary Washington College, exhibits many possessions of Monroe and his wife, Elizabeth Kortright Monroe.

1975 NHL Nomination


Abbreviations:
VLR: Virginia Landmarks Register
NPS: National Park Service
NRHP: National Register of Historic Places
NHL: National Historic Landmark

Updated February 20, 2019