- Booker T. Washington founded this college for African Americans in 1881. Preserved here are the brick buildings the students constructed themselves, Washington's home, and the George Washington Carver Museum, which serves as the visitor center. The college is still an active institution that owns most of the property within the national historic site.
In 1881, Booker T. Washington became the first principal of a newly formed Normal School for Negroes in Tuskegee, Alabama, at the age of 26. This began a lifelong quest for excellence that over saw the Growth of Tuskegee Institute. The Historic Campus District still retains the original buildings built by the students of the Institute, with bricks made by students in the Institute brickyard. In 1896, George Washington Carver joined the faculty and revolutionized agricultural development in the South in the early twentieth century. The legacy of these two men, and the history of this great institution of higher education has been preserved to tell the story of men and women, former slaves, who struggled to make their place in our American society. The Site, located on the campus of Tuskegee University, became a part of the National Park System in 1974. African-American history, early industrial development, civil rights, and education are some of the themes represented at this site.
Recreation - The Carver Museum, The Oaks, Home of Booker T. Washington, The Chappie James Museum, operated by Tuskegee University.
Walking trail throughout the Historic Campus District.
Regularly scheduled ranger guided tours are available daily. Educational programs for schools are given throughout the school year. Reservations
Lodging and Camping Facilities:
The Kellogg Executive Conference Center, with a 110 room guest tower and a full service meeting complex, located in the Historic campus district.
Other nearby hotels include the western Inn, located at I 85, and the Days Inn, located in Shorter, Alabama. Camping available nearby at Chewakla
State Park, approximately 15 miles from Tuskegee.
RECOMMENDED ACTIVITIES/PARK USE:
Visiting the Carver Museum and The Oaks, viewing exhibits, joining in guided programs, Walking in the Historic Campus District, touring the
Chappie James Exhibit (by appointment).
Climate - Summers are generally hot and humid. Winters are generally mild with variable precipitation. Light clothing is recommended, especially in summer.
The Tuskegee Institute is located on the campus of Tuskegee University, City of Tuskegee, Macon County, Alabama.