Mary McLeod Bethune House

Formerly known as “The Retreat,” the Mary McLeod Bethune House is a national historic landmark located on the campus of Bethune-Cookman University. Mary McLeod Bethune, and African-American educator, stateswoman, philanthropist, humanitarian and civil rights activist, gave the house to her foundation, which is visited by thousands each year. On a tour of the house, groups will see a collection of Bethune’s artifacts, original furnishings, and more. Tour guides offer groups brief histories of what was known as “Bethune Mansion.” Please see the university’s academic calendar for closings.


Contact Info
Address: 640 Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Blvd., Daytona Beach, FL 32114. Volusia County. Tel: 386-481-2121. Email: mmbfoundation@cookman.edu. Website: www.cookman.edu/foundation. Hrs: Vary.

Trip Info
Grade Level: All grades. Activity Type: Day Trips, Guided Tours. Recomm. Length of Visit: 30 minutes. Cost: Free.

SUPPORTS CLASSROOM LEARNING IN: Social Studies.
SUPPORTS SCOUT BADGES IN: Social Studies.

Lesson Plan To Enrich This Class Trip

Historic Site Lesson Plan

While visiting one of the many historical sites around the country, such as Philadelphia’s Independence Hall or Washington D.C.’s National Mall, consider reasons for preserving them. They are historically significant and can be visited, toured, and admired. Students learn about the historical relevance of specific historical sites and the importance of preserving these sites.... Continue