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Mary Bethune Home

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Address: Daytona Beach, FL
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The home of Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune is located on the campus of...

The home of Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune is located on the campus of Bethune-Cookman University, which she founded in 1904. Formerly known as "The Retreat," her home is now known as the Bethune Foundation and features precious pieces including her original library, furniture, photos and family heirlooms. Visitors who came during Dr. Bethune's time include Langston Hughes (Harlem Renaissance writer), Jackie Robinson (baseball legend) and First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt. Come walk in the steps of the presidential advisor, international civil rights activist and college president!

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New Smyrna's History Museum sponsored a comfy bus to tour Dr. Bethune's home.

Our New Smyrna Beach Museum of History offered the tour to our Museum friends for free and we had a nice group avail themselves of the comfort of the bus. The home and graveside... read more

Reviewed 25 February 2017
Linda C
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New Smyrna Beach, Florida
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New Smyrna Beach, Florida
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34 reviews
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Reviewed 25 February 2017

Our New Smyrna Beach Museum of History offered the tour to our Museum friends for free and we had a nice group avail themselves of the comfort of the bus. The home and graveside were explored and our tour guides did an excellent job. To see what Dr. Bethune did with self education, grit and confidence boggles the mind. A... More 

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Reviewed 22 February 2017 via mobile

We were greeted by a docent, who immediately started the tour. She was knowledgeable and encouraged us to ask questions, which I highly recommend. The upstairs was closed to us, as they were in the middle of making repairs. We were told that all was to be completed by next week. We hope to get back there.

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Port Orange, Florida
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Reviewed 23 January 2017

I visited the Mary McCloud Bethune Home / Museum one rainy afternoon and was delighted with what I found. Beautifully restored / preserved house with lots of nationally important mementos and pictures. A lovely docent guided me through all the rooms and told me stories about very important meetings and individuals that had stayed with Dr. Bethune, including Eleanor Roosevelt.... More 

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Daytona Beach, Florida
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Reviewed 1 November 2016

Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune was a feminist activist who helped launch what became the future civil rights movement. First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt stayed with her when she visited the area. The home located on the campus of Bethune-Cookman University is a must see.

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Ashley R, Public Relations Manager at Mary Bethune Home, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting the Mary McLeod Bethune Foundation National Historic Landmark. It is always a pleasure to share Mrs. Bethune home with guest. Warm regards, Dr. A. Robertson & Foundation staff More 

Dallas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 12 August 2016

Great visit! Very educational, informative. Didn't know much about her, but I feel the house and knowledge shared she was a great and blessed women to know. Honoured to be apart

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Ashley R, Public Relations Manager at Mary Bethune Home, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting Mrs. Bethune home, truly it was a delight sharing with you. Warm regards, THE BETHUNE FOUNDATION STAFF More 

Daytona Beach, Florida, United States
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Reviewed 30 July 2016

Our family (Harrison's) visited this home ang D gravesite during our reunion and found this to be one of the BEST tours to visit in Daytona Beach. Lots of knowledge gained and an unbelievable insight into the life of Mary McCloud Bethune. It was a well organized tour administered by the personnel.

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Ashley R, Public Relations Manager at Mary Bethune Home, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting Mrs. Bethune home. It was nice sharing her history with you. Warm regards, The Bethune Foundation staff More 

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Reviewed 29 July 2016

It only took one woman that thought about many young people.A vision that no one could stop or destroy. Because she loved people.

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Ashley R, Public Relations Manager at Mary Bethune Home, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your comments. Indeed we enjoyed sharing Mrs. Bethune home and history with you. Warm regards, Dr. A. Robertson & The Bethune Foundation staff More 

Dallas, United States
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Reviewed 12 July 2016

I had never heard of her or the university so the tour was very informative and I had a wonderful time. I would like to go back when I have more time to tour the university.

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Ashley R, Public Relations Manager at Mary Bethune Home, responded to this review

Thank you for your response. We enjoyed sharing Mrs. Bethune home and history with you. Regards, The Bethune Foundation staff More 

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Reviewed 11 July 2016

We walked in and were immediately assigned a student tour guide. She was very knowledgeable about Dr. Bethune's life. The furnishings, all original are beautiful. There are lots of photographs and magazines that give a lot of history about Dr. Bethune's life. There are several local restaurants, namely, Bethune Grill and another directly across the street from Bethune.s that offer... More 

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Ashley R, Public Relations Manager at Mary Bethune Home, responded to this review

Thank you for your written response. We enjoyed sharing Mrs. Bethune home with you for there are so many wondersful things we have the pleasure to share with visitors about Mrs. Bethune and her home. Warm regards, Dr. A. Robertson & The Bethune Foundation team More 

Daytona Beach, Florida
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Reviewed 22 June 2016

I've visited more than once and each time I've learned new fascinating details about Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune. The home is well-maintained and the tour is very informative. We had two tour guides, one for downstairs and one for up. My only recommendation would be for the tour guides to slow down a little when talking. The first guide talked... More 

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Ashley R, Public Relations Manager at Mary Bethune Home, responded to this review

Thank you for the response! We enjoyed having you visit the home of Mrs. Bethune. Warm regards, Dr. A. Robertson & The Bethune Foundation team More 

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