Blind / Low Vision

● Films and exhibits: Visitors who are sight-impaired may borrow an electronic device

that plays a simultaneous narrated description of what appears on screen during

the park film, "Longing to Learn."

● Numerous exhibits are tactile throughout the visitor center.

Visitor Center

● Routes: Paved from parking area with a sidewalk to the visitor center;it is

approximately 136 yards or 124 meters from the parking area to the visitor center.

Historic Area and Jack O' Lantern Branch Trail (nature trail)

Historic or Plantation Trail:

Paved trail from the visitor center to the historic area;from

the back of the visitor center, the trail has a slight slope that levels out towards the

slave/kitchen cabin;there is a 14% gradient on the section by the main barn and

pig pens;it is approximately a quarter mile there and back and is mostly paved.

The historic area contains reconstructed buildings of the plantation, including the

slave cabin where Booker lived till he was 9 yrs. old.

Jack O' Lantern Branch Trail, a.k.a. the "nature trail":

The trail is approximately 1.25 miles or 2 km and is an extension off the historic

area trail. It is 36"-48" wide and is a mix of well-compacted dirt and gravel with a

17% grade on one section of the trail. The trail follows Gills Creek and switches

back away from the creek through woods and a field back to the tobacco barn

which is located close to the beginning of the nature trail.

Last updated: March 26, 2015

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12130 Booker T. Washington Highway
Hardy, VA 24101


(540) 721-2094

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