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Operating Hours & Seasons

All Park

Booker T. Washington National Monument is open daily except for Thanksgiving, December 25, and January 1. The park may close due to inclement weather. Call the park at 540-721-2094 for more information.

Standard Hours

  • Sunday:9:00 AM-5:00 PM
  • Monday:9:00 AM-5:00 PM
  • Tuesday:9:00 AM-5:00 PM
  • Wednesday:9:00 AM-5:00 PM
  • Thursday:9:00 AM-5:00 PM
  • Friday:9:00 AM-5:00 PM
  • Saturday:9:00 AM-5:00 PM

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  • Park Closed Christmas:
  • December 25 – December 25
  • Closed
  • New Year’s Day:
  • Closed
  • Thanksgiving Day:
  • Closed

Fees & Passes

    Entrance Fees:

    • $0.00 – Free Admission
      No charge to visit Booker T. Washington NM

    Entrance Passes:

    • $0.00 – No Entrance Passes because park has free admission
      No Entrance Passes because park has free admission


    From Slave Cabin to the Hall of Fame

    Booker T. Washington was born a slave in April 1856 on the 207-acre farm of James Burroughs. After the Civil War, Washington became the first principal of Tuskegee Normal and Industrial School. Later as an adviser, author and orator, his past would influence his philosophies as the most influential African American of his era. Come explore his birthplace.


    The monument is located on AV 122 (Booker T. Washington Highway), 22 miles southeast of Roanoke, VA. From I-81 take I-581, then U.S. 220 south from Roanoke to VA 122. From the Blule Ridge Parkway take VA 43 south to VA 122. From Lynchburg take U.S. 460 west to VA 122.

    Visitor Centers

    Booker T. Washington National Monument Visitor Center

    The visitor center is open daily from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., except for Thanksgiving, December 25, and January 1. Please call the park phone at 540-721-2094 to find out if the park is open or closed during inclement weather.


    Please contact the park at 540/721-2094 during inclement weather conditions to find out about closures.

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