Charles Pinckney Jones House Museum in Monterey Opens July 16, 2023


Hello, this is Lori Botkin with the Highland Historical Society and the Charles Pinckney Jones House Museum.

The wait is over!  The Charles Pinckney Jones House Museum will open July 16th.  Come, see, and learn about one of the most influential people to ever live in Highland County.  Experience the history of the house and its place in the beginnings of the town of Monterey.

The house was built in 1850 as a partially log structure and changed hands multiple times before Charles Pinckney Jones purchased the property in 1873. C.P. (as he was known) would add two major additions to the house as well as installing indoor plumbing.

Charles Pinckney Jones served in the Confederate Army and attended law school at the University of Virginia after the war. He practiced law in Monterey and served in both the House of Delegates and the Virginia State Senate. C.P. was the rector of UVA from 1898 to 1906 and inaugurated the college’s first president. From 1908 until his death in 1914, he served as president of the Citizens Bank of Highland.

In 1929, C.P.’s daughter, Mable, moved back home with her daughters, Mary Hille and Elizabeth. Throughout the depression, Mable would take in boarders to earn money. Her daughters would never marry, and they lived in the house for the rest of their lives. Through the generosity of Mary Hille & Elizabeth, the house is now owned by the Charles Pinckney Jones Charitable Trust.

The Museum is currently looking for volunteers to help as guides. If you are interested in volunteering or would like more information, please contact the museum at 540-468-2850 or the Historical Society at 540-396-4478, our email is or our website

So, join us for the Grand Opening of the Charles Pinckney Jones House Museum in Monterey on Sunday, July 16 beginning at 2:00pm.

Light refreshments will be served.

This has been Lori Botkin for Allegheny Mountain Radio

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Bonnie Ralston

Bonnie Ralston is the Assistant Station Coordinator at WVLS and a Highland County news reporter. She began volunteering at Allegheny Mountain Radio in the fall of 2005. In 2006 she became an AMR employee and worked in Bath County for eight years as the WCHG Station Coordinator and then as the news reporter there. She began working in radio while in college and has stayed connected to radio, in one way or another, for more than thirty years. She grew up in Staunton, Virginia, while spending a lot of time on her family’s farm in Deerfield, Virginia. She enjoys spending time outside, watching old TV shows and movies and tending to her chickens.

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