Join the Booker T. Washington National Monument in celebrating Juneteenth, June 16th! The event commemorates the announcement of the abolition of slavery: General Gordon Granger issued General Order #3 to Texas on June 19th, 1865, which freed enslaved peoples. The resulting celebrations became known as Juneteenth, and now you can join the historic celebration yourself with a free gospel concert, food vendors, children’s activities, and living history demonstrations. Relive the moment Booker T. Washington experienced emancipation with the Living History Guild! There will also be tours of the Booker T. National Monument, guest speakers, and more. The event starts at 11:00 a.m. at 12130 Booker T. Washington Highway, Hardy, VA 24101, and ends at 4 p.m. Entry into Juneteenth is free! Learn about one of U.S. history’s most important events and enjoy beautiful music and great food during Juneteenth events.

Visiting the Booker T. Washington Monument

The Booker T. Washington Monument is a piece of history, existing in the modern day, with preserved portions of the tobacco farm where Booker T. Washington was born into slavery. The park provides visitors the ability to step back in time and experience the landscape in which he grew up, with buildings, gardens, crafts, and animals all based on the lifestyle of 1850’s slavery and farming. It also offers interpretations of Washington’s life and achievements.

Where to Stay During Juneteenth

Premier Vacation Rentals offers the best accommodations for your visit to Smith Mountain Lake. Premier offers condos, cabins, and luxury properties in varying shapes, sizes, and price ranges, ensuring the best possible rental for any client. All rentals have the best in amenities, including some of the best views of Smith Mountain Lake. There are many rentals only a short distance from the Booker T. Washington Monument, making a trip easy and cost effective! Contact us today to book your next vacation during Juneteenth!