Booker T Washington National Monument

Booker T Washington National Monument


Support Your Park

Volunteer Opportunities

Visitor Center Desk: Provide visitors with information on the life and times of Booker T. Washington, park programs, educational programs, and special events.

Trail Maintenance: Help maintain the Plantation and Jack-O-Lantern Branch Heritage Trails: groom trail surfaces, remove brush and downed trees, control erosion along stream banks.

Building and Grounds Maintenance: Custodial, mowing, brush clearing, pruning, and fencing.

Living History Farm: Assist a Park Ranger with planting and tending the gardens, or feeding and care of farm animals.

  VIP Coordinator
  Booker T. Washington National Monument
  12130 Booker T. Washington Highway
  Hardy, Virginia 24101

Telephone: (540) 721-2094

Centennial Initiative 2016

Centennial Vision

In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service in 2016, America invites the world to discover the meaning of national parks to their lives and inspires people to both experience and become devoted to these special places.

On August 25, 2006 - the 90th anniversary of the National Park Service - Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne launched the National Park Centennial Initiative to prepare national parks for another century of conservation, preservation and enjoyment. Since then the National Park Service asked citizens, park partners, experts and other stakeholders what they envisioned for a second century of national parks.

A nationwide series of more than 40 listening sessions produced more than 6,000 comments that helped to shape five centennial goals. The goals and vision were presented to President Bush and to the American people on May 31st in a report called The Future of America's National Parks.

Every national park staff took their lead from this report and created local centennial strategies to describe their vision and desired accomplishments by 2016. This is just the first year, and there are many great things to come as the National Park Service prepares to celebrate 100 years!


2007 Christmas Ornament

"Holiday in the National Parks" Celebrated at the White House

Booker T. Washington National Monument Ornament Displayed on the Official White House Christmas Tree

(Hardy, Virginia) - Booker T. Washington National Monument's ornament is prominently displayed on this year's official White House Christmas Tree. The tree is the centerpiece of elaborate decorations celebrating the theme of "Holiday in the National Parks."

"It is an amazing honor for the National Park Service to be selected as the theme for the White House holiday decorations by the President and Mrs. Bush," said National Park Service Director Mary A. Bomar. "Mrs. Bush is the best champion for our national parks, and the beautiful decorations in each state room showcase the natural and historical treasures found in parks throughout the country."

The tree, located in the Blue Room, is adorned with handmade ornaments representing the country's 391 National Park Service sites. "Each ornament on the magnificent 18-foot Fraser fir was designed by an artist selected by the park," said Bomar. "The ornaments tell the stories of our parks, just as our parks tell the stories of our nation."

Booker T. Washington National Monument is the birthplace of Dr. Booker T. Washington, noted African-American educator, orator, author, and advisor to U.S. Presidents in the late19th-early 20th century. Sue Joyce, a local artist and Smith Mountain Lake resident, designed the ornament representing Booker T. Washington National Monument. Sue is a retired graphic artist from the federal government. She is a volunteer at this National Park donating her talents for many of the park publications and exhibits. Sue and her husband Tom attended the White House reception hosted by First Lady Laura Bush on November 28, 2007.

The holiday displays incorporate the wide variety of natural, cultural, and recreational features preserved by the National Park Service. Models of icons such as the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse and the Statue of Liberty share space with paintings of scenic vistas from Grand Canyon, Zion, and Rocky Mountain National Parks. Holiday garlands intertwined with park objects including seashells, pine cones, and gold aspen leaves add to each room's festive feel.

A highlight of the decorations is a scaled-down, but architecturally accurate, gingerbread reproduction of the south view of the White House, a unit of the National Park Service. The edible masterpiece includes Bush family pets Barney, Miss Beazley, and Willie frolicking on the lawn with moose, elk, raccoons, and other animals found in national parks.

"National Parks commemorate the people, places, and events that define the American experience," said Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne. "I am so appreciative of President Bush's efforts to recognize the important role of national parks in American society. Our country will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service in 2016 and the President has been instrumental in establishing the National Park Centennial Initiative to prepare the parks for the next century."



Eastern National Bookstore

The bookstore, located in the park visitor center, stocks titles for adults and children on Booker T. Washington, African American History, 19th century folk ways, Virginia, and the National Park Service. It also carries nature guides and theme related audio/visual products and souvenirs. Eastern National is a non-profit cooperating association that supports interpretive, research, and publication activities in the National Park Service.