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Booker T. Washington National Monument

12130 Booker T. Washington Highway, Hardy, VA 24101
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Ranked #1 of 4 Attractions in Hardy
Type: Historic Sites, Landmarks
Owner description: Located in Franklin County, this is the site of the famous educator's slave cabin and birthplace.
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Type: Historic Sites, Landmarks
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: Located in Franklin County, this is the site of the famous educator's slave cabin and birthplace.

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Sydney, Australia
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1,424 reviews 1,424 reviews
976 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

Mention Booker T. to me, and the following MG's spring to mind. But this is a different Booker T born in a plantation which has been reconstructed to the character and appearance that the child would be familiar with.... chinked log construction, racks of drying leaves hanging in the tobacco barn, chickens and turkeys wander around freely, and in the... More 

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Sandhurst, United Kingdom
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10 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014 via mobile

Well sign posted from Rocky Mount, easy parking. Welcoming, knowledgable and enthusiastic staff. Donations rather than an entrance fee. Modern, indoor facility with a very useful introductory film. We were lucky enough to tag into a tour of the outside with student teachers from the area, given by the chief warden. So followed an indepth, informative and rounded explanation of... More 

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Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina
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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 

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Greensboro, North Carolina
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6 reviews 6 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.

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Ridgeway, Virginia
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143 reviews 143 reviews
67 attraction reviews
331 helpful votes 331 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 

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Moneta, Virginia
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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 

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Wirtz, Virginia
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5 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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 

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Lawrenceville, GA
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51 attraction reviews
76 helpful votes 76 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 

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Bedford, Virginia
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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!

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New Market, Va
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13 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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 

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