This campaign ends on May 10 at 11:59PM EDT

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

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.

We seek support to build a trailhead kiosk offering maps and interpretive information, and signs along the trail offering gems of information about the ecology of the property and historic events and elements of the landscape –bringing to life the people and places that are all but invisible now.

Goal Not Met: Less support for project.

Goal Exceeded: Additional support for project and upgraded signage.

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The Class Leaderboard reflects giving from alumni, parents, and students.
Class YearDonorsDollars
1977 1$250
1982 1$50
1986 1$100
1993 1$20
1994 1$250
1999 1$25
2001 1$25
2005 1$50
2017 1$50
2019 1$25

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4% parents

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61% friends

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23% faculty/staff

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Mark Freeman
Jeffrey B. Trammell
Donna Basinger
Nancy Stahon
Lyndsay Austin
Margaret Chevalier
Mary and Paul H. Legrand
Emily Morrison
Jake Perez
Jill M Lord
The Praxis Foundation
Dorothy J Shiflett
Matt Blunt
Asher L Simmons
Tamara Bostwick
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Pat and Janine Pittman
Brittany Harton
Emilia Williams
Chris and Chris Myers
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Ron Price
Mervel Runion
Sara Bon-Harper
Alison Wood
Sharon Widdows
Jillian E Galle
Sherri Farris
Monique le Conge & John Ziesenhenne
Nancy Stetz
Tim McGrath
Lisa Bergstrom
Carey Sienicki
James Boswell
Andrew King
Dave and Gail Croall
Janet and Jeffrey Legro
Gigi Michaels
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Index trending profilepicThe Praxis Foundation matched $1,000
Tara Campbell Ruszkowski matched $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.