Updated: Jul 28
The University of Virginia was established by Thomas Jefferson, the 3rd president of the United States, in 1819 as a public institution. This unique historical university is recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The heart of the university is the Thomas Jefferson Academical Village & Lawn, including several buildings that remained as Jefferson sketched them. One of the most famous students of UVA was the poet Edgar Allan Poe, whose room is displayed to visitors.
The Rotunda, the famous UVA landmark, housed the library and nowadays serves as a museum and gathering place for students. It was severely damaged in the fire of 1895 and restored in 2016.
The Pavilion & Lawn Rooms
Each of the ten Pavilions has its unique architectural style. They served as the residence for staff and students. Even nowadays, leading students get to live here in their 4th year of study.
Edgar Allan Poe Room