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Booker T. Washington National Monument
In southwestern Virginia, 22 mi southeast of Roanoke
Booker T. Washington, educator, orator, and presidential advisor, was born into slavery, reared, and emancipated at this former plantation site. The park is one of the few places where visitors can see how slavery and the plantation system worked on a smaller scale. It provides a focal point for discussions about one of the most powerful African-Americans in history and the evolving context of race in American society. It was authorized on April 2, 1956.
WHAT TO SEE & DO
Attending interpretive tours, viewing exhibits and audiovisual programs, walking historic and nature trails. Facilities: Visitor center, wayside exhibits. Bookstore, picnic area. Programs & Events: Ranger-guided tours (daily). Living-history program and demonstrations (periodically). Christmas program and open house (1st weekend, Dec). Tips & Hints: Busiest July and Aug., least crowded Dec. and Jan.
FOOD, LODGING & SUPPLIES
Camping: None in park. In Vinton: Roanoke Mountain (Blue Ridge Pkwy., mile 120.4; 104 sites; $14; flush toilets). In Bedford: Peaks of Otter (Blue Ridge Pkwy., milepost 86; 131 sites; $14; flush toilets). Hotels: None in park. In Bedford: Peaks of Otter Lodge (Blue Ridge Pkwy., mile 86; tel. 540/586-1081; 63 rooms; $80). X Restaurants: None in park. In Bedford: Peaks of Otter Lodge (Blue Ridge Pkwy., mile 86, tel. 540/586-9263; $9-$18). 6 Groceries & Gear: None in park. In Moneta: Shop Rite (Rte. 655, tel. 540/297-6000).
FEES, HOURS & REGULATIONS
Free. Group tours and education programs (reservations required, tel. 540/721-2094). No hunting or bike riding. Leashed pets only. Park open daily 9-5.
HOW TO GET THERE
On Rte. 122, 16 mi northeast of Rocky Mount, 22 mi southeast of Roanoke via Rte. 116 south and Rte. 122 north, and 21 mi south of Bedford via Rte. 122 south. Closest airport: Roanoke.
Booker T. Washington National Monument (12130 Booker T. Washington Hwy, Hardy, VA 24101, tel. 540/721-2094, fax 540/721-8311). Smith Mountain Lake Chamber of Commerce (16430 Booker T. Washington Hwy., 2, Moneta, VA 24121, tel. 800/ 676-8203).