Booker T. Washington National Monument

The Booker T. Washington National Monument marks the birthplace of civil rights leader Booker Taliaferro Washington in Franklin County, Virginia. Born into slavery in 1856, Washington went on to become an influential voice in business, politics, and African American education in the United States. At the national monument, visitors can see the remains of the plantation as well as farm buildings that have been reconstructed to look as they did when Washington was a child. Near the monument in Greater Roanoke, you'll find a wealth of historic and outdoor activities to delight historians, adventure-seekers, and everyone in between.

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RV Parks & Campgrounds Near Booker T. Washington National Monument

With an RV, you can immerse yourself in Virginia's natural beauty while enjoying the comforts of home at the Booker T. Washington National Monument. If you don't own an RV, get a rental through RVshare and enjoy all the perks without the long-term commitment.

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Things to Do

Things To Do Near Booker T. Washington National Monument

Booker T. Washington National Monument is a small site that's rich in history. When you visit, leave plenty of time to learn about Washington and the history of the other enslaved people who lived on the plantation. These exhibits offer valuable context as you hike around the grounds and check out the historic buildings that still stand. If you're camping nearby, there's plenty to do in the hills and forests that surround Smith Mountain Lake.

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How To Get To Booker T. Washington National Monument

Booker T. Washington National Monument sits just south of Booker T. Washington Highway (VA-122) in Hardy, VA. From Roanoke, you can take VA-116 south to Burnt Chimney and drive east on VA-122 until you reach the park entrance.

Address

12130 Booker T. Washington Highway, Hardy, VA 24101

Fee: Entry Fee (Per Person) There is no entry fee.

Rich in history and natural beauty, the Booker T. Washington National Monument is a place to reflect on American history. After you learn about the remarkable life of Washington, take time to explore the plantation and imagine what life was like for the enslaved people who worked the field in the 19th century. To fully explore the area and enjoy the surrounding wilderness, consider bringing an RV; it gives you the freedom to upgrade your camping trip and sleep in comfort, no matter the season.