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.
Oct 1, 2009
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.