Hale's Ford is a small unincorporated community located in the northeastern corner of Franklin County, Virginia about 25 miles (40 km) from Roanoke. It is most notable as the location of the Burroughs Farm, the tobacco plantation where the famed educator and orator Booker T. Washington was born into slavery in 1856. His mother Jane was an enslaved black woman held by the Burroughs and his father was a white planter who lived nearby. After the American Civil War ended, Jane took her children to West Virginia to rejoin her husband, who had been sold there as a slave before the war.
The Booker T. Washington National Monument, established in 1956, preserves portions of the 207-acre (0.838 km2) tobacco plantation where Washington was born. It interprets his life as a national leader.