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VIRGINIA HOUSE                              804-353-4251
www.vahistorical.org
4301 Sulgrave Road, Richmond, VA  23221 

 DIRECTIONS:  Exit I-195 (downtown expressway) at Cary Street, turn west.  Follow about 1/4 mile to Canterbury.  Turn left, or south, into Windsor Farms.  Canterbury will split, take the left split at the arrow sign.  Follow around bearing right and merge with Sulgrave Road.  The house is on the left.  It is about 3/4 of a mile from Cary Street. 

GENERAL DESCRIPTION:  Historic 2 story mansion overlooking the James River.  The 45 minute guided tour includes the home and its patios.  There are 8 acres of bricked and graveled garden paths, and grassy hills to roam and picnic.  The  home was built in England in the 12th century, and reconstructed in the US in the early 20th century, and has not been modernized to current accessibility requirements.

PARKING:  On street parking only.  There is a circle drive for drop off at the front entrance.

TYPES OF PATHS TO OR AROUND ATTRACTION:  Gravel and brick.  Paths accessible to persons with mobility disabilities.  Steep grades may require assistance for persons in wheelchairs.

ENTRANCE:  Located 100 ft. up gravel drive to brick path.  2 exterior steps, each 5 in. high and 1 in. lip up to door.  Wheelchair accessible entrance has two 4 foot sections of plywood ramping.  The 2 inch gap between the segments could be a problem for wheelchair front wheel casters. 1 entry door, 36 in. wide.  From this door there is a wooden ramp down into the lobby.  Handrail on left side, 4 ft. long, 5 in. rise.  Wheelchair users with strength limitations may need assistance.

PUBLIC REST ROOMS:  Located through one of the bedrooms.  Doors 32 in. wide.  Horizontal handrail on left wall.  Pedestal sink 24 in. to the right of the commode.

SPECIAL SERVICES:
For guests with hearing disabilities, there are signing interpreters available with advance notice if you call the Virginia Historical Society.  Written scripts available upon request.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Guests with disabilities should understand that minimal ADA upgrades have been made so as to preserve the integrity of the home.  The first floor is accessible by wheelchair, as are the patios.  The upstairs is available to patrons who are ambulatory.  The grounds are accessible, with caution, as the paths are uneven and lengthy inplaces, but benches are available.

Virginia House is open by appointment only. Contact Kathryn Lewis at klewis@vahistorical.org or 804.353.4251 for more information. There is an admission feel.


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