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.
Want the lowest hotel prices? You're in the right place. We check 200+ sites for you.

Booker T. Washington National Monument

Certificate of Excellence
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
Address: 12130 Booker T. Washington Highway, Hardy, VA 24101
Phone Number:
+1 540-721-2094
Website
Today
09:00 - 17:00
Closed now
See all hours
Hours:
Sun - Sat 09:00 - 17:00
Description:

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.

read more

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 56 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 26
    Excellent
  • 25
    Very good
  • 4
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Touching Visit

Be sure to watch the video before you walk the property. Seeing all he achieved before walking out and seeing where it all began really makes a difference. Also be sure to walk... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
Viictoria C
,
Charlottesville, Virginia
Add Photo Write a Review

56 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language
Showing 56: English reviews
Charlottesville, Virginia
Level Contributor
40 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Be sure to watch the video before you walk the property. Seeing all he achieved before walking out and seeing where it all began really makes a difference. Also be sure to walk through the exhibit and see the sculpture.

Helpful?
Thank Viictoria C
Annapolis, Maryland
Level Contributor
121 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Federal Park. Nice Educational /Recreational experience. Daughter loved the close up farm animals, especially Emma the Arthritic Cow. Take in the historic sites, on the acres of land that used to be a plantation. Learn about Booker T. Washington and his life, and trials. The walking trails are very peaceful, yet kinda long for the novice. Choose wisely. Great place... More 

Helpful?
Thank WE273
Hardy, Virginia
Level Contributor
21 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

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.

Helpful?
Thank Johnnie60744
SC
Level Contributor
163 reviews
79 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2017

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!

Helpful?
Thank CarrieNSC
State College, Pennsylvania
Level Contributor
67 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016 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.

Helpful?
Thank travelingfool49
Charlottesville, Virginia
Level Contributor
79 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 December 2016 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 

Helpful?
Thank Claire M
Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania
Level Contributor
172 reviews
60 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 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 

Helpful?
Thank safety_princess
Roanoke, Virginia
Level Contributor
6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
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!

Helpful?
Thank crystalwing33
Cincinnati, Ohio
Level Contributor
44 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
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 

Helpful?
1 Thank jmwonderer
Hardy, Virginia
Level Contributor
3 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 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!

Helpful?
Thank foodexplorer2014

Travellers 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

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Booker T. Washington National Monument staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?