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Booker T. Washington National Monument

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Address: 12130 Booker T. Washington Highway, Hardy, VA 24101
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Located in Franklin County, this is the site of the famous educator's slave...

Located in Franklin County, this is the site of the famous educator's slave cabin and birthplace.

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We live within 15 minutes of the Monument & Park. I highly recommend it to all who are in the area -whether visiting or permanent resident. Quite educational and the park sponsors... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
Hardy, Virginia
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Hardy, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We live within 15 minutes of the Monument & Park. I highly recommend it to all who are in the area -whether visiting or permanent resident. Quite educational and the park sponsors a number of events throughout the year.

Thank Johnnie60744
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We have started traveling to National Parks to collect passport stamps, and stopped here on our way home from Roanoke. The grounds are beautiful, and the rangers are very knowledgeable. We didn't know it was a working farm until we arrived, which was a pleasant surprise!

Thank CarrieNSC
State College, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The best part of our visit was talking with the park ranger. He was able to answer all our questions and more, which really complimented what we learned from the video, museum and grounds. Great visit, and we'd love to come back for one of their events.

Thank travelingfool49
Charlottesville, Virginia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Though I have been going to Smith Mt. Lake for years now, I had never been to this National Monument. For starters, the site is free, which just adds to what a wonderful heritage site it is. You start with an informative and well done video of Booker T. Washington. Upon emancipation in 1865, at age nine, he leaves the... More 

Thank Claire M
Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2016

We drove from Roanoke to see this Park. It's a little out of the way and our GPS seemed to take us out there via some small 2-lane roads. Booker T. was born a slave but after the Emancipation, his family moved to West Virginia where he strived to get an education. He attended the Hampton Institute and later returned... More 

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Roanoke, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2016 via mobile

We love Booker T Washington Park. We visit several times a year and always learn something different. It's such a beautiful park!

Thank crystalwing33
Cincinnati, Ohio
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2016

Monument is former farm that Booker T. lived on and worked at. The video was very informative. The kids liked the interactive exhibits. Grounds were neat saw a variety of animals that would be found on a traditional farm. Probably set aside one hour for this stop if you are not going to walk the several mile nature trail along... More 

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Hardy, Virginia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2016

This is a small park, but has a lovely trail that follows a creek much of the way. You are able to see the farm animals up close. Very knowledgeable, friendly staff. Great for a short stopover or a morning/afternoon activity. Free admission!

Thank foodexplorer2014
Danville, Virginia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 July 2016

There really isn't too much to this park. There is a short orientation movie and a small museum relating things about slavery in general as well as facts about BTW. The grounds have trails winding around a few reproductions of the buildings that once stood there. The place was a small, hard scrabble farm, not in any way a plantation.... More 

Thank Dini35
Richmond, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 May 2016 via mobile

Excellent experience. Well worth stopping. We saw an informative 12 minute film and toured the museum. Staff was helpful and informative.

Thank Kim T

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