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Accessibility at Thomas Jefferson’s Academical Village

Few visitors to Charlottesville, VA will leave without taking in Thomas Jefferson’s historic Academical Village. From the newly renovated Rotunda to the sweeping Lawn, this UNESCO World Heritage Site offers architectural, historical, and academic intrigue. But what does it offer in terms of mobility-related accessibility? Ramps on the Lawn

In June 2018, the University of Virginia began their Lawn Accessibility Project to add ramp access to previously inaccessible areas. With these new additions, those looking for step- and hill-free access will be able to enjoy the Lawn with ease. The University plans to complete the project in Spring 2019.

Accessing the Rotunda

Following recent renovations, the Rotunda and all of its event spaces are, from a mobility perspective, fully accessible. Clear signage directs visitors to the Lawn-side elevator entrance of the building. Once inside, accessible bathrooms and step-free access are present throughout the building. Parking

There are several parking options near the Academical Village. Visitors with accessible parking placards can find limited spaces on the nearby street. There are also a few metered parking spots in the same area. If these locations are full, there is an hourly parking garage approximately 0.5 miles from the Academical Village (attached to the University Bookstore). This map displays all parking options at the University, including the location of accessible spots (visitors, look at the yellow and green areas). If you visit the University of Virginia’s Academical Village and would like to add to this article, please reach out to us at


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