BTW Monument harvest

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Tressa Moore invites guests into the kitchen cabin at Booker T. Washington National Monument for a cooking demonstration.

On Nov. 2, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Booker T. Washington National Monument will offer a fun, educational event for all ages that portrays life on a mid-19th century, slave-holding tobacco plantation during fall harvest time.

Visitors can explore the park’s structures, gardens and grounds to experience the culture of subsistence and cash-crop farming that Washington would have been familiar with during his childhood in slavery on the Burroughs Plantation.

The event will include costumed demonstrations of tasks, such as apple drying, blacksmithing, broom making, canning, candle making, chair caning, knitting, open hearth cooking and quilting, among others. Hands-on activities such as gourd painting, yarn doll making and butter churning will be available for children, as well as games.

Old-time and Americana roots music will be performed throughout the day by After Jack, JoJo Stockton, Maggie Blankenship and Tina Liza Jones & The Flying Cowboys.

In addition to the park’s farm animals, there will be a petting zoo and free horse-drawn wagon rides. Food, drinks and ice cream will also be available for purchase.

“In addition to providing a day full of activities for families to enjoy, Harvest Time serves as a great way for visitors to glimpse into the past and gain a better understanding of what life might have been like for Booker T. Washington and other people that inhabited the plantation during the mid-19th century,” said Timothy Sims, senior park ranger.

The event is free and open to the public. Because most activities will be outside, visitors should dress for the weather.

For more information, visit or call 721-2094.

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