The Booker T. Washington National Monument Living History Guild held its Old Virginia Christmas of 1860 on Dec. 2. The event gave participants a glimpse at how the holidays were celebrated during Booker T. Washington’s youth.
Actors at the park portrayed the slave-owning Burroughs family, local citizens and slaves on the plantation, including Washington and his family, throughout the day. Visitors were encouraged to watch and listen to conversations between the actors as they discuss events during that time, including the election of President Abraham Lincoln.
Visitors were escorted around the park to the various conversations taking place.