The Booker T. Washington National Monument in southwest Virginia is part of the National Park System, so admission is free. The park features a reconstructed cabin like the one where Washington lived with his family on the small farm where he was born.
The park is still a small farm with chickens, horses, cows, sheep and other animals. There are also walking trails you can explore.
Throughout your visit, you’ll learn about Washington’s amazing life and how he overcame many hardships to become a national leader in civil rights and education.
Booker T. Washington National Monument
12130 Booker T. Washington National Highway
Hardy, VA 24101
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Admission fee: It’s a national park, it’s free.
Bathrooms: Decent, not dazzling
Concessions/food: None. There was a picnic area.
Cars/getting there: You have to drive to get there, plenty of parking. Check the website for directions. There is no public transportation.
Coffee cups (aka souvenirs): There is a decent gift shop. Along with postcards, I picked up a Booker T. Washington doll (On this same trip, picked up Woodrow Wilson and Thomas Jefferson dolls).
Just down the road from Jefferson’s Monticello, Ashlawn-Highland is the home of our fifth president James Monroe. You take a house tour and explore the grounds. There is also an amazing tree known as the Monroe Oak.
Thomas Jefferson founded the University of Virginia and claimed it as one of his proudest achievements. Jefferson designed the UVA Rotunda to be the heart of the “academic village.” The building was based on the Pantheon in Rome and reflects Jefferson’s classic style.
There’s lots to see at Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest, located in Southwestern Virginia. www.poplarforest.org
Monticello, the home designed and built by Thomas Jefferson, is one the most recognized homes in the United States and it is a very popular tourist destination. There were big lines when we visited in April 2009. Along with magnificent house, there are also some great gardens to see.
Montpelier is the home of our fourth President James Madison. On the tour, you’ll stand in the library where the “Father of the Constitution” drafted that very document. The house itself has some interesting history
Rapidan Camp (also known as Camp Hoover) was a treat for President Hoover during his administration. It’s now part of the National Park System