In honor of the 101st anniversary of the National Park System and the 62nd anniversary of  Booker T. Washington National Monument, the Friends Group  invited 101  local leaders and businesses to sponsor the park through The Friends Group by joining the 101st Booker T. Washington Bucket Challenge with an annual donation gift of $100.  This leadership gift will preserve this piece of history and help it continue so that future generations can discover the legacy of Booker T. Washington and the richness of Smith Mountain Lake, Virginia. 

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Membership Levels: receive an annual membership card and discounts
Youth: (18 and under) $5
Individuals: $15
Family: (2 adults and minor children) $25
Organizations or Businesses: $50


Benefactor: $1000+

2019 Membership Brochure
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Our contributions to the Friends Group helps host and support the following activities at the Park:

  • Annual Legacy Dinner- membership allows  a $5 discount to the annual Legacy dinner
  • Two $500 Scholarships yearly to Franklin County High School Seniors(previous winners: Rowan O Absire-Sims, Ella J. Green, Jordan Law, Malala Penn, 2019: Eboni Hopkins, Daniel Tyree)
  • Living History Guild presentations at JuneteenthHarvest Festival (November 2, 2019-10am -4 pm and An Ole Virginia Christmas (December 7, 2019-3 pm and 8 pm)
  • Training Events for Volunteers and the Community
  • A Forum for new ideas to help the BTWNM grow in its mission to serve the country as well as promoting the Park
  • Work with Legislators to promote the protection of the Park
  • Rites of Passage Program helping youth build character through education and opportunities in partnership with Good Neighbors.
  • Financial support for Historical research and seminars
  • Educational support for the Junior Park Ranger Program


As a child, Washington cast his bucket into a spring on the Burroughs Plantation so that he could offer as much needed relief to the workers struggling in the tobacco fields. As an adult in his speech at the Cotton States and International Exposition in Atlanta in 1895, Washington encouraged all Americans to "cast down their buckets" among one another to ensure the prosperity and protection of this country. Understanding that we depend on each other, The Friends of Booker T. Washington National Monument use the bucket to symbolize our efforts to protect and preserve the resources at the National Park and the legacy of Booker T. Washington.


Checks made payable to FBTWNM maybe mailed to: 
PO Box 755. Hardy VA 24101

or by calling 540.874.4872
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