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    Mary McLeod Bethune Council House

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    The National Park Service (NPS) has relocated the National Archives for Black Women’s History collection from Mary McLeod Bethune Council House National Historic Site to the NPS’s Museum Resource Center in Landover, Maryland. More »

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    On-street parking is limited, public transportation suggested. Nearest Metros are the U Street and McPherson Square stations. Please be aware street sweeping occurs on Wednesday and Thursday from 9:30-11:30am, further limiting parking during that time. More »

Directions

1318 Vermont Ave, NW, Washington, DC. The Mary McLeod Bethune Council House NHS.

The first headquarters of the National Council of Negro Women at 1318 Vermont Avenue NW, Washington, DC.

NPS Photo

By Car or Bus:

Note: Street parking is very limited and restricted. Make sure you read the signs. The closest parking garage is beneath the Washington Plaza Hotel on the northeast quadrant of Thomas Circle at Vermont Avenue and 'M' Street. Please be aware that street sweeping occurs on Vermont Avenue Wednesday and Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. March through October, which further limits parking availability. We suggest using mass transit for the later stages of your trip to the Site.

From Baltimore and Points North:

Take the Baltimore-Washington Parkway south to US Route 50 west (which becomes New York Avenue). Take New York Avenue to Massachusetts Avenue and continue west. Turn right onto 13th Street. Go one block and turn left onto 'N' Street. Go another block and turn right onto Vermont Avenue. 1318 is one half block up the street on the left.

From Virginia and Points South:

Take 14th Street north to Thomas Circle. Make a right off Thomas Circle onto Vermont Avenue. Cross over 'N' Street, and 1318 is one half block ahead on the left.

Via Mass Transit:

The closest Metrorail Stations are Shaw/Howard University and U Street/Cardozo/African American Civil War Memorial on the Green Line, and McPherson Square on the Orange and Blue lines.

Walk from Shaw/Howard University Station: Take the 8th and R St. NW exit and walk south on 8th St. NW towards Rhode Island Ave. Turn Right on Rhode Island Ave. to Logan Circle. At the circle, turn left onto Vermont Ave.

Walk from U Street Station: Take the 13th Street exit from the station and turn left to walk south on 13th Street until you reach Logan Circle. Cross or go around the circle and continue southwest on Vermont Avenue and 1318 is one half block ahead on the right.

Walk from McPherson Square Station: Take the 14th Street exit from the station, walk north on 14th Street until you reach Thomas Circle. Cross or go around the circle and walk northeast onto Vermont Avenue. Cross over 'N' Street, and 1318 is one half block ahead on the left.

The Circulator bus line runs from Union Station with a stop at 14th and 'K' Streets. From the stop, walk north on 14th Street until you reach Thomas Circle. Cross or go around the circle and walk northeast onto Vermont Avenue. Cross over 'N' Street, and 1318 is one half block ahead on the left.

By Metro bus, the closest are the 68 and 66 routes. Both can be boarded outside the 11th Street exit from the Metro Center station on the Metrorail Red Line. Each bus stops at 'N' Street (the 68 on 13th Street, and the 66 on 11th Street). Walk west (left) down 'N' Street to Vermont Avenue, turn right, and 1318 is one half block ahead on the left. You may also take the G2 from Howard University or from Georgetown to Logan Circle and P St. NW stop.

Did You Know?

The Bethune-Cookman College Logo and Wildcat Mascot

In 1904, Mary McLeod Bethune opened a small school in Daytona Beach, Florida, with five girls and one dollar and fifty cents. That school developed into Bethune-Cookman University. Today, the university has over 3,060 students enrolled. More...