Central and Western Virginia Sights

Booker T. Washington National Monument

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

Published 10/21/2013

Fodor's Review

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.

Sight Information


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

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Website: www.nps.gov/bowa

Sight Details:

  • Free
  • Daily 9–5

Published 10/21/2013


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