We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Booker T. Washington National Monument

12130 Booker T. Washington Highway, Hardy, VA 24101
Improve this listing
Ranked #1 of 4 Attractions in Hardy
Type: Historic Sites
Description: Located in Franklin County, this is the site of the famous educator's slave cabin and birthplace.
Write a Review

21 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    9
    11
    0
    1
    0
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Any
English first
Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

We enjoyed a pleasant visit at this small historical site as we passed through the area. It began as a nice drive through the rural countryside and ended as a very informative glance into the life of a remarkable man who began life as a slave on this site and became a noted educator. It is a remarkably well maintained... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Greensboro, North Carolina
Reviewer
5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

This is a well maintained historical site with very nice grounds and walking trails. Booker T Washington made amazing contributions to American history. The book store has several resources for those who would like to learn more.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Ridgeway, Virginia
Top Contributor
141 reviews 141 reviews
66 attraction reviews
329 helpful votes 329 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

We didn't really know what to expect out of this park, especially since TA has a picture of the Washington National Monument (which is in DC) listed for this attraction. It turns out to be a very nice, well done preservation of the plantation on which Booker T. Washington was born. Judging by other pictures and some reviews, I think... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Moneta, Virginia
Contributor
18 reviews 18 reviews
10 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

If you are in the area I would recommend BTWNM. There is a short 15 minute video that is on par with other National Park/Monument videos. There are reproductions of out buildings (the main house burned in the 1950's), the farm (pigs, roosters, chickens, horse, sheep) and iron work. There are a few trails through the woods as well: a... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Wirtz, Virginia
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
4 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014

If you are not interested in history Booker T. Washington National Monument is probably not for you. If history interests you, then there is a fair amount here. In the Visitor Center there is a 15 minute movie explaining much about Booker T. Washington and what you will see at the site. The grounds are usually self-guided, but on special... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Lawrenceville, GA
Top Contributor
140 reviews 140 reviews
51 attraction reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2013

The movie was dated and not great, the buildings are fair reproductions, and there was not much else there. The ranger on the desk was slow and not well informed of the area, had trouble with the gift shop check out register, and took a long time to come a start the movie, as she was on the phone with... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Bedford, Virginia
Contributor
17 reviews 17 reviews
15 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2013

While out canoeing on Smith Mountain Lake we decided to go to the Booker T Washington National Forest, and thought it was great! Walking around the park, taking the Jack O Latern trail and seeing the Booker T movie were all splendid! We really enjoyed our time there and seeing all the farm animals hanging around. Very cool!

Was this review helpful? Yes
New Market, Va
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
12 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2013

Small National Park site-- Good information on Booker T Washington and his contributions to American life is given in the film and display boards. The Burroughs farm site is an interesting and surprisingly quiet place to bring young children to learn about farm animals, 19th c. tobacco farms, and the dwellings of enslaved peoples. The non-frantic site lends itself to... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Wirtz, Virginia
Contributor
18 reviews 18 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2013

We love taking the dog for a peaceful hike here and learning more about plantation life each time. The grounds are impeccable and the staff is friendly and helpful.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Reston
Top Contributor
64 reviews 64 reviews
22 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

We visited over the weekend and while it was nice and pretty well done, I really think they kind of missed the mark. This is an excellent opportunity to really teach about slavery but aside from a casual mention that Mr. Washington was born as a slave on this plantation, there was not much mentioned about slavery, slave life or... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1

Travelers who viewed Booker T. Washington National Monument also viewed

 

Been to Booker T. Washington National Monument? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing