North Grounds was not always a campus of academic buildings. By the time UVA purchased this property in 1963, the tract was mainly woods. But for centuries before that, the landscape was home to a fascinating history and a long list of inhabitants, including farmers and enslaved laborers, the Albemarle County Poor House, and the Charlottesville barbecue grounds. Many of these sites are visible today from the Rivanna Trail. This video walking tour follows librarian Randi Flaherty as she the explores the history of the landscape on which the Law School now sits.
We acknowledge the original custodians of these lands, the Monacan Nation. We pay respect to their elders past, present, and emerging.