Booker T. Washington National Monument To Offer “Harvest Time” Program

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This cabin is a replica of the one Booker T. Washington was thought to have lived in/David and Kay Scott

Virginia’s Booker T. Washington National Monument will be offering its popular “Harvest Time” event on September 20 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The reenactment of 1864 life on the plantation is expected to include basket making, blacksmithing, butter churning, chair caning, rag doll making, open hearth cooking, sheep shearing, spinning, tatting, and tobacco twisting.

The annual event portrays harvest time at the small farm (often called a “plantation”) where Booker T. Washington was born in 1856 and lived until freed in 1865 by the Emancipation Proclamation. The site has been restored to its general appearance when Booker T. Washington lived here. It includes reconstructions of the smokehouse, blacksmith shed, tobacco barn, and slave cabin of the type in which Booker T. Washington was thought to live. The monument also includes a reconstructed horse barn, corn crib, and chicken and duck lot.

The Harvest Time program is free to the public and will include music, wagon rides, costumed interpreters, and children’s activities. Food, including ice cream, will be available for purchase. Harvest Time is one of the monument’s most popular events and annually draws up to 1,200 visitors.