April 28, 2014 marks our country’s 5th President James Monroe’s 256th birthday, an event that could have been lost to unrecognized history if not for Westmoreland County officials and enthusiasts who have devoted substantial time, energy and monetary investment to bring the illustrious life of James Monroe to the fore.
The state of Virginia is known as the birthplace of eight presidents and “The birthplace of America.” Westmoreland County has a rich tradition of historic birthplaces and other historical sites that make the County a fascinating tourist destination.
Saturday, April 26 was a day to honor and remember a president not only of historical significance, but also to showcase the remarkable feats of a man who seemed to be overshadowed by our country’s first president, George Washington and our third, Thomas Jefferson, yet James Monroe’s place in history is no less significant or exciting.
He was born and raised in Westmoreland County, VA., on the site now designated as his birthplace off of Route 205. This major 1976 find by Monroe’s Alma mater, the College of William and Mary, marked the foundation and ruins of the home and farm Monroe was born to, a fact lost to history since the beginning of our country.