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Central and Western Virginia Sights

Booker T. Washington National Monument

  • 12130 Booker T. Washington Hwy. Map It
  • Roanoke
  • Memorial/Monument/Tomb

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It would have been hard for Booker T. Washington to imagine the farm on which he was born into slavery hosting a national monument. But this restored tobacco farm 25 mi southeast of Roanoke and 21 mi south of Bedford is a fitting tribute to the humble origins of Washington (1856–1915), who broke through the yoke of oppression to become a remarkable educator and author, advising presidents McKinley, Roosevelt, and Taft and taking tea with Queen Victoria. More important,

he started Tuskegee Institute in Alabama and inspired generations of African-Americans. Covering 224 acres, the farm's restored buildings; tools; crops; animals; and, in summer, interpreters in period costume all help show what life during slavery was like.

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Sight Information

Address:

12130 Booker T. Washington Hwy., (Rte. 122, 21 mi south of Bedford) Hardy, Roanoke, Virginia, 24101, United States

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Phone:

540-721–2094

Website: www.nps.gov/bowa

Sight Details:

  • Free
  • Daily 9–5

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Booker T. Washington National Monument Review

This place is about a 45 minute drive south of Roanoke. It is a national park with slave cabins, tobacco barn and a movie which highlights Washingtons life as a slave. Whereas Williamsburg highlights early American life for the English aristocracy, this place tells it like it really was for the slaves. A must see for students of history.

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