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Probe finds James Monroe's real home

Exploration of 5th US president's estate reveals foundation larger than 2-room cottage that tourists had been touring

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The exploration of Highland was spurred in part by research into primary documents, and in part by a hunch shared by several experts in the rich 18th-century history of the region.

Charlottesville, Virginia

FOR decades, tour guides led visitors through a modest two-room cottage on the outskirts of this city, recounting the accomplishments of James Monroe, the country's fifth president, and highlighting details of life at Highland, the homestead where he lived with