Booker T. Washington National Monument, Hardy

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  • I learned a lot and it was a wonderful time. Beautiful grounds. Insightful materials. The site was kept in an amazing condition. The animals were a nice touch as well.  more »
  • The birthplace of one of this country's major Black educators and political leaders was born on this site, the cabin intact. A major plus of our visit was the incredibly knowledgeable National Park Ra...  more »
  • My wife and I visited the Monument while vacationing at Smith Mountain lake State Park. The visitors center was wonderful. The movie was well done and I learned a lot about Booker Washington. We were ...  more »
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  • After recently reading "Up From Slavery", I was excited to learn of this monument and made time to visit it. I found the experience of walking around the plantation to be contemplative and relaxing, though stimulating at the same time. At the Visitor Center, the ranger gave a good historical overview of the plantation, but we also had a great conversation about the legacy of the oft-misunderstood Booker T. Washington. I wish I had more time there to sit on a bench and ruminate about the peacefulness of the environment, its disturbing past, and the impact on young Booker. Several structures remain on the plantation, although the slave quarters and main house are gone. It's a pleasant and easy walk around the grounds, focused on the experience rather than the details. Sites are labeled, but there is not a lot of text to read (though there is plenty of information at the Visitor Center). You will see pigs in the pig pen, ducks in the duck lot, a horse by the horse barn, etc. The Visitor Center and rangers helped to provide the context and answered questions. As a bonus, the gift shop had a nice selection of commemorative items. Overall, it was a great experience that enriched the intellectual understanding I had gained from books.
  • This wonderful national monument has beautiful grounds, and is so educational. Here you can travel back in time, and learn about how an amazing man overcame incredible obstacles, followed his dream, and gave others the same chance he did. Walk through the amazing Forrest trail, and walk through the fields, to get a gylmse into what life was like 150 years ago. Don't forget to view the museum, and watch the movie to learn about Booker T. Washington's amazing life. And, of course, view all of the animals that they keep, no petting allowed though.
  • Went when i was in elementary school and absolutely loved it!!! Want to go back again
  • Very informative for all ages. Visitors' Center shows movie and has an educational exhibit. Path to outdoor plantation buildings is not a long walk but slopes/hills might be a challenge for some.
  • Great historical replication. Beautiful views and great quick hike with the family. Staff are helpful and courteous.

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