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Patrick Henry's Scotchtown

Results from VisitAble's Accessibility Test



Description of Section

This includes the number of accessible parking spaces, the labeling of the accessible parking spaces, and the accessibility of the accessible parking spaces.


  • There is a large parking area about 150-200 feet away from the main entrance to the visitor center.

  • The parking lot surface is gravel and grass that does not have any pavement markings for parking spots or accessible signage or access aisles, but it is relatively flat.


Pathway to Entrance and Entrance

Description of Section

This includes the accessibility of the pathway from the accessible parking spaces to the entrance (including curb ramps, ground/floor surfaces, etc.) and the accessibility of the entrance itself (widths of doors, lips under doors, etc.).


  • The pathway from the parking lot to the entrance of the visitor center, the house, and the pavilion is mostly gravel and grass.

  • The pathway from parking to the entrance of the visitor center, house, and pavilion is at least 36 inches wide.

  • The surface of the location’s outdoor paths can be uneven in spots, with a step up or down here or there.

  • Specifically, there is 1.5 inch lip from the gravel path leading to the pavilion to the concrete surface, and a 4.5 inch step from the gravel path to the brick pathway leading to the visitor center.

  • There are several benches around the property, near the visitor center and in front of the house, that have armrests, a backrest, and a seating surface at an accessible height.

  • There are steps up to the visitor center, house, women’s restroom, and steps down to the cellar, some of which do not have handrails or handrail extensions, or only have them on one side.

  • There is no step free entrances, except to the pavilion and single occupant restroom (see more on that in the “Bathrooms” section).

  • The clear width of the entrance to both restrooms, and the visitor center, are all less than 32 inches wide.

  • The entrance into the main house is greater than 36 inches wide.

  • The entrance into the cellar is greater than 36 inches wide, but the vertical clearance is less than 80 inches.

  • Most doors have door knobs at accessible heights, and the doors that are part of the house tour are opened by the tour guide.

  • Thresholds are mostly less than 1 inch, but only a few are marked with contrasting tape.

  • Directional and identification signage, where it exists, has good contrast, but does not have braille, tactile, or digital alternatives.


Interior Pathways

Description of Section

This includes accessibility of different items in the location, pathways in the location, signage, cleanliness of pathways, how steep pathways are, presence of inaccessible areas, accessibility of doors not covered by other sections, accessibility of any complimentary water/refreshments/snacks, and the presence and accessibility of any seating.


  • The interior of the buildings have space to maneuver mobility devices.

  • The majority of interior pathways in the main house are wide except for the doorway from the bedroom to the kitchen and up to the attic which are both less than 32 inches wide, and a few pathways in the visitor center are less than 32 inches wide.

  • There is a staircase up to the attic with 9 inch risers and 9 inch tread depths. The handrail is only on the left side and only after the doorway and where it curves to the right as you head up the stairs.

  • The stairs down to the cellar have no handrails and the riser height is 7 inches down for the first step after the threshold and the next step down is 8 inches to the cellar floor. The depth of the threshold is 8 inches and the tread depth of the step is 13 inches.

  • Most fireplaces do not have any barrier around them, so please use caution around them to avoid tripping or falling.

  • There are thresholds between rooms in the main house that are mostly less than 1 inch.

  • Some of the interior spaces are dimly lit, mainly the cellar and the attic which may be challenging for some.

  • There are some seating options available throughout with seating surfaces at accessible heights, namely folding chairs with a backrest.

  • The point of sale counter in the gift shop is slightly above an accessible height, but staff assists with credit card purchases.

  • There is some merchandise in the visitor center that may be difficult to reach for some, but staff is able to assist if needed.

  • The site is generally not too noisy, except for at scheduled times during reenactments.

  • There are quiet spaces available in the museum rooms of the main house and the outdoor spaces are mostly quiet.

  • Ask staff for a more quiet, private space if needed.

  • Windows in most of the buildings have curtains/shades if a darker space is needed.

  • Directional, identification, and informational signage has good contrast, but there are no braille, tactile, or digital alternatives.



Description of Section

This includes bathrooms being labeled as accessible, the width of bathroom and accessible stall doors, location of doors, height of door openers off the floor, weight of doors, presence of appropriate grab bars, the ability for a customer using a wheelchair to completely turn around in the bathroom/accessible stall, the height of the flush controls off the floor, the reachability of the sink/toilet paper/soap/drying equipment/lights, and the height of mirrors off the floor.


  • There is a single occupant, gender neutral restroom, that has a ramp up to the door, and the clear width of the door is about 30 inches.

  • There is no identification signage on the door.

  • The single occupant restroom has enough space for a t-shaped turn and has grab bars around the toilet, although the side wall grab bar is installed on a diagonal.

  • The soap, sink, and drying equipment are all at an accessible height, and the sink has good maneuvering space underneath of it.

  • The door hardware is at an accessible height, but requires grasping and twisting of the wrist, and the lock requires tight grasping and pinching.

  • The reflective surface of the mirror is above an accessible height, and the coat hooks on the back of the door are all above an accessible height.

  • The light switch is manual, and is slightly above an accessible height.

  • Be mindful of some exposed piping under the sink in the single occupant restroom.

  • The interior of this restroom is somewhat narrow and tight, space wise.

  • There is no wheelchair or ambulatory accessible stall in the women’s room.

  • The stall doors are self-closing, with door pulls on the outside of each stall.

  • The sink, soap, mirror, and drying equipment are at an accessible height.

  • There are cabinets under the sink in this restroom.

  • Door hardware requires twisting, but is at an accessible height.

  • The light switch is manual and is slightly above an accessible height.



Description of Section

This includes the presence of accessibility features to make this establishment go above and beyond the accessibility of other establishments of the same type.


  • There are folding chairs available that can move from room to room with you if needed.

  • There is a self-guided audio tour for the exterior of the house and property that is available through a mobile device by dialing a number on your phone at various locations.

  • Bottled water is available for purchase in the gift shop.

  • Employees are going through, or have completed, disability etiquette training to differentiate and elevate their customer service.

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