We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

Booker T. Washington National Monument

Certificate of Excellence
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
Address: 12130 Booker T. Washington Highway, Hardy, VA 24101-3968
Phone Number:
+1 540-721-2094
09:00 - 17:00
Open now
See all hours
Sun - Sat 09:00 - 17:00

Located in Franklin County, this is the site of the famous educator's slave...

Located in Franklin County, this is the site of the famous educator's slave cabin and birthplace.

read more

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 59 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 27
  • 27
    Very good
  • 4
  • 1
  • 0
Read (or listen) to his autobiography first

The National Park Service does its usual sound job describing the man and the location. To get a better understanding of the man, and his drive to succeed, read his... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Byron G
Add Photo Write a Review

59 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Showing 59: English reviews
Level Contributor
32 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The National Park Service does its usual sound job describing the man and the location. To get a better understanding of the man, and his drive to succeed, read his autobiography. Make sure your children hear his story of his absolute determination to get an education.

Thank Byron G
Level Contributor
549 reviews
200 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 292 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We wanted to go here after visiting The Oaks in Tuskegee. This is a smaller national park site with a visitor center, reconstructed slave cabins and surrounding structures like a smokehouse, barn, etc. There is a short movie about Booker T. Washington then you can go look at the structures, a short walk away. Free and worth a stop if... More 

Thank PhoenixRobin
Level Contributor
49 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 March 2017

The Booker T. Washington National monument is on the site of the plantation on which Washington was born into slavery in 1856. The Visitor Center staff is knowledgeable and friendly, and offers excellent advice about the best way to tour the monument. The hiking trails are very nice, although poorly marked. The "don't miss" aspect of this place, though, is... More 

Thank LionandProf
Charlottesville, Virginia
Level Contributor
64 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 February 2017

Be sure to watch the video before you walk the property. Seeing all he achieved before walking out and seeing where it all began really makes a difference. Also be sure to walk through the exhibit and see the sculpture.

Thank Viictoria C
Annapolis, Maryland
Level Contributor
135 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 February 2017

Federal Park. Nice Educational /Recreational experience. Daughter loved the close up farm animals, especially Emma the Arthritic Cow. Take in the historic sites, on the acres of land that used to be a plantation. Learn about Booker T. Washington and his life, and trials. The walking trails are very peaceful, yet kinda long for the novice. Choose wisely. Great place... More 

Thank WE273
Hardy, Virginia
Level Contributor
21 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 January 2017

We live within 15 minutes of the Monument & Park. I highly recommend it to all who are in the area -whether visiting or permanent resident. Quite educational and the park sponsors a number of events throughout the year.

Thank Johnnie60744
Level Contributor
179 reviews
85 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 January 2017

We have started traveling to National Parks to collect passport stamps, and stopped here on our way home from Roanoke. The grounds are beautiful, and the rangers are very knowledgeable. We didn't know it was a working farm until we arrived, which was a pleasant surprise!

Thank CarrieNSC
State College, Pennsylvania
Level Contributor
82 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 December 2016 via mobile

The best part of our visit was talking with the park ranger. He was able to answer all our questions and more, which really complimented what we learned from the video, museum and grounds. Great visit, and we'd love to come back for one of their events.

Thank travelingfool49
Charlottesville, Virginia
Level Contributor
85 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 December 2016 via mobile

Though I have been going to Smith Mt. Lake for years now, I had never been to this National Monument. For starters, the site is free, which just adds to what a wonderful heritage site it is. You start with an informative and well done video of Booker T. Washington. Upon emancipation in 1865, at age nine, he leaves the... More 

Thank Claire M
Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania
Level Contributor
185 reviews
67 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 November 2016

We drove from Roanoke to see this Park. It's a little out of the way and our GPS seemed to take us out there via some small 2-lane roads. Booker T. was born a slave but after the Emancipation, his family moved to West Virginia where he strived to get an education. He attended the Hampton Institute and later returned... More 

Thank safety_princess

Travellers who viewed Booker T. Washington National Monument also viewed


Been to Booker T. Washington National Monument? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Booker T. Washington National Monument staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?