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    Mary McLeod Bethune Council House

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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. 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 U Street/Cardozo/African American Civil War Memorial on the Green Line, and McPherson Square on the Orange and Blue lines.

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.

Did You Know?

The Mary McLeod Bethune Memorial, Lincoln Park, Washington, DC

The Mary McLeod Bethune Memorial Statue, in Lincoln Park in Washington, DC, was the first statue erected to a woman or African American of honor. The 17-foot-high bronze statue shows Bethune handing off her sum of learning to two children, representing the next generation of African Americans.