There are daily house tours available to the public. The house currently features period furniture from both France and America. The grounds also include two original out buildings as well as reconstructed slave quarters.
Monroe was forced to sell his home in order to pay off debts, the final sale taking place in 1825 to Edward O. Goodwin. Since then the house changed hands a few more times before the last owner, Jay Winston Johns, a philanthropist from Pittsburgh, willed it to the College of William and Mary upon his death in 1974.
The house preserved today has long been believed to really be the guest house of a larger home. This theory was proved correct when in 2012 foundations of a larger building were discovered. Work to uncover the foundations and research continues to this day.
Ashland Highland is now run as both an educational and event venue. . The plantation can also be rented for private events through the College of William and Mary. Throughout the year there are many public special events held at the home such as spring garden events, James Monroe's birthday, the Summer Opera Festival and the Plantation Days Weekends.