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Autism Sanctuary

Nature’s haven for autism: where growth knows no limits.

About Us


Autism Sanctuary promotes the social, emotional, physical, and cognitive benefits of connection with nature for those with autism, and by extension, provides agricultural work, internship opportunities, and respite for disabled individuals.


Our Focus

Farms are enjoying an increasing popularity as a short-break service for children with autism.    

Nature is a salve for children with autism.

Immersing children with autism in nature has shown great benefits to their education and development.

Our Home

Autism Sanctuary is operated from the most amazing property and house in White Hall, Virginia — Edgefield.

Edgefield’s steward, Frances Lee-Vandell, created this remarkable location by claiming, then moving from River Road in Chesterfield, a 1780 home built by the second clerk of Chesterfield Court, William Watkins. The home was dismantled, board by board, and rebuilt onsite. It serves as an ideal location for events and informal gatherings.

Today, the property features a range of animals, from chickens to cattle to bees, and a robust garden with a range of vegetables. Fruit trees are growing and a large stand of pine is maturing.

The Enchanted Forest

With support from CACF’s Enriching Communities Grant and volunteer support, Autism Sanctuary is realizing its vision of an engaging, therapeutically-beneficial nature walk with special stations and animal engagement.


2860 Pea Ridge Road, Charlottesville, VA 22901


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