Thomas Jefferson founded the University of Virginia by securing its land, obtaining state funding, and designing its distinctive grounds and buildings. The project officially began with the University's charter in 1819. Jefferson devoted his last years to the project, completing the Rotunda the same year he died, in 1826.

On his gravestone, Jefferson claimed the University as one of his proudest achievements, along with authoring the Declaration of Independence and Virginia's statute on religious freedom.


This interactive tour of the University of Virginia Lawn was designed in April, 1994 by Michael Brazinski, Mark Dewey, and Judith Thomas, under the direction of Professor Glen Bull. The designers would like to thank the authors of the following works, which served as reference materials for development of the text:

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