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“It was good but I think they missed the mark somewhat” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Booker T. Washington National Monument

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
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Owner description: Located in Franklin County, this is the site of the famous educator's slave cabin and birthplace.
Reston
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66 reviews 66 reviews
23 attraction reviews
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“It was good but I think they missed the mark somewhat”
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 anthing else. The real focus was on Mr. Washington's contributions as an educator, which are tremendous, of course, but is a subject covered elsewhere. I think they need to re-think their focus, or at the very least, give a co-focus.

Visited May 2013
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Moneta, VA
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61 reviews 61 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“A great history lesson!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2013

It's like stepping back in time. The tours are informative and the guides knowledgable. Will definately return!

Visited June 2012
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Lynchburg, Virginia
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14 attraction reviews
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“The Other Washington”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2012

I'm sure that Booker would get a <G> with this photo. I'm also sure the farm animals all loving this also. Booker T.'s place is a great place to take the children and learn about a famous American. Close to Smith Mountain Lake.

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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18 attraction reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
120 helpful votes 120 helpful votes
“Historically interesting and a lovely walk”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2012

Good film and little museum, beautiful nature walk, well described buildings. Definitely worth a visit.

Visited October 2012
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Louisville, Kentucky
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“A Pleasant Surprise”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2012

A colleague and I were on the way to Richmond, Virginia when we came across the birthplace of Booker T. Washington. The man who from his "Atlanta Compromise" speech in 1895 until his death in 1915 was born here on this small farm. Although he never knew his father, he lived here until the end of slavery. Washington went on to found Tuskegee University, one of the major educational institutions for African Americans, and become the best known African American leader.

Visited September 2011
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