Joan and I visited this location, kinda by accident. We were traveling Franklin Co, VA on August 2, 2015. We were on a road trip to see the sites mentioned in The Wettest County in the World, by Matt Bondurant. When visiting a Nation Monument for Booker T Washington, which we also stumbled on, a staff member recommended the site.
Though I found the paying to enter clumsy and felt like a scam, the site is very nice, and well done. If you visit, the site is down a 1/4 mile road, but before you enter you need to go to the ‘Greeting Center’ where you need to ‘sign a guest register’ then ‘buy a sticker’ then you go through the first gates, Drive up the road, and there is another gatehouse that is unmanned, which you bypass and park. After all that, clumsy unorganized, entrance, that I felt that I was in a tourist trap, we were presented with a Memorial that rivals the ones in Washington DC.
The photos that I took were with a Nikon D7200 and a rented AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II lens. The Butterflies were fun to capture. I am glad Joan noticed them in the bush. This lens is well suited to grab this type of photos.