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Booker T. Washington National Monument

Booker T. Washington monument, Wikimedia
Located in Franklin County the National Monument of Booker T. Washington honors an exceptional man come from humble beginnings.

The monument is located at the place of Washington's birth, also the former 207-acre farm of James Burroughs, a plantation and slave owner.

Washington was born a slave to Burroughs. After the Civil War, Washington gained his freedom and went on to become the first principal of Tuskegee Normal and Industrial School.

Washington later became an author, scholar, and philosopher, and was seen by many as the most influential African American of his time.

Visitors to this national monument can explore the birthplace of Booker T. Washington and learn more about his early life.


Franklin County is located in Central Virginia, about 25 miles southeast of Roanoke and 50 miles southwest of Lynchburg.

The park is located 16 miles northeast of Rocky Mount.

Hours and Admission

The park is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. throughout the year.

The park is closed for major holidays, including Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day. The park will also occasionally close due to inclement weather.

The national monument has no admission fee. Reservations are suggested for groups of five or more, and especially suggested for school groups.

Rangers can be contacted for reservations by calling (504) 721- 2094.

What to Do

Visitors are advised to begin their journey into Booker T. Washington’s past at the Visitor Center. The center has exhibits and information detailing the life of Washington.

Audio-visual presentations are shown to help orientate visitors.

The center also has a gift shop, where visitors can purchase books and other information about slavery, the Civil War, and African American History.

The Plantation Trail winds through the historic area of the park, about a quarter mile in length. Walkers along the plantation trail will see reconstructions of nineteenth century buildings once part of the Burrough’s Plantation.

The farm area, has pigs, sheep, horses, and chickens. The garden area provides information on gardening techniques used by slaves and owners on the farm in the 1800s.

Walking tours through the plantation are provided as tour guides are available. Tour guides provide a detailed history on the buildings and their uses.

Walking tours generally last thirty minutes to one hour. Tours also begin with a 15 minute introductory video in the auditorium.

Visitors hoping for a longer walk will enjoy the Jack-O-Lantern Branch Heritage Trail, a 1.5-mile walk through forest and field.

A picnic area is available for the convenience of park guests.

Hours: 9 a.m.- 5 p.m.
Location: Hardy
Address: 12130 Booker T. Washington Highway, 24101
Telephone: 540-721-2094
Web site:
Cost: Free
Latitude: 37.231764
Longitude: -79.811476
Categories: > Central Virginia. > National Parks.

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