Front Facade Restoration Work
Through March 2014, exterior historic restoration work will be underway on the front facade. The contractors will be repairing and replacing rotten wood fixtures identified by NPS historic preservation architects. When visiting the home please use caution
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 »
Plan Your Visit
The Mary McLeod Bethune Council House National Historic Site has much to offer the visitor. From tours of the historic Council House (the first headquarters of the National Council of Negro Women) to special programs about the history of African American women. Please check out the links above, and the FOR TEACHERS and FOR KIDS sections to find more details about making your visit.
Please note that on-street parking is very limited. We strongly suggest you use public transportation. The nearest Metro stations are the U Street station, which is on the yellow and green lines, and the McPherson Square station, which is on the blue and orange lines. If you do drive, please be sure to read parking signs carefully to avoid receiving a parking ticket. Additionally, please be aware that street sweeping on Vermont Avenue occurs on Wednesday and Thursday mornings from 9:30am to 11:30am during the months of March through October, further limiting parking at those times.
Scholars wishing to conduct research in the National Archives for Black Women's History should know that the Archives are open by appointment only and that space is limited, often booked, and that one should plan ahead. Please follow the link to the Archives page for more information.
Did You Know?
In 1939, President Franklin D. Roosevelt appointed Mary McLeod Bethune to be Director of the Office of Negro Affairs, National Youth Administration. With this appointment, Mary McLeod Bethune became the first African American woman to head a U.S. Federal Government agency.