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Twenty-five miles southeast of Roanoke is where you can find the Booker T. Washington National Monument. It includes a trail that takes you along reconstructions of 19th century buildings, a farm area, a garden area, and a place where you can have a picnic.

Booker T. Washington, an author, political adviser to United States presidents, and educator, made a lasting mark on history when he published his book, Up from Slavery, which is a must-read for anyone interested in a first-hand account of one man’s journey from slavery to stature. Read it and discover why the number 18 was life-changing for him.

You can read more about this author in our West Virginia and Massachusetts sections.

The Booker T. Washington National Monument is the first stop on our Virginia Trail!

Patricia Smart