Blue Ridge Sanatorium

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Historic Blue Ridge Sanatorium, including a barn, various silos and buildings.
Location of historic Blue Ridge Sanatorium.

The Blue Ridge site, referred to as the Blue Ridge Sanatorium and Blue Ridge Hospital, was purchased by the Virginia Department of Health for use as a tuberculosis sanatorium in 1914, and operated from 1920 - 1962. It was part of the UVA Medical Center from 1978 until 1998, and was transferred to the UVA Foundation in 2001. The Foundation stabilized eleven buildings on the property for potential future use at the University’s direction, including a barn, various silos, Wright Hall, the Chapel, Lyman Mansion, and the Bradbury houses.[1]

Renovations for a $3.4 million project to increase the number of beds from 370 to 500 were put out to bid in 1948. [2]


  • 2001 - The 142 acre site transferred to UVA Foundation.
  • 2000 - The General Assembly "authorizes the Governor to convey Blue Ridge Hospital, located at the base of Monticello Mountain, on such terms and conditions in a manner that respects the historical and environmental significance of Monticello Mountain. In 1978, the hospital was conveyed by the Virginia Department of Health to the Rectors and Visitors of the University of Virginia. The bill states that all medical activities have ceased at the hospital and that the only remaining activity on the property, a day-care facility, is scheduled to close on June 30, 2000. HB1539; CH. 457."[3]
  • 1978 - Property transferred to UVA.
  • 1914 - Property purchased by the Virginia Department of Health for use as a tuberculosis sanatorium.

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  2. Web. Bids On Work At Blue Ridge, Piedmont To Be Sought Soon, Staff Reports, Daily Progress Digitized Microfilm, Lindsay family, March 23, 1948, retrieved December 13, 2016 from University of Virginia Library.
  3. Web. page 45 DIGEST OF THE ACTS OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF VIRGINIA AT THE 2010 SESSION, Commonwealth of Virginia, TITLE 23. MISCELLANEOUS - EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS, Virginia Code Commission June 14, 2010, retrieved March 3, 2019.