Seneca Falls, NY is the birthplace of womens suffrage in the finger lakes

Explore the History of Women’s Suffrage in the Finger Lakes

Come visit the birthplace of the women’s rights movement! The Finger Lakes region was home to the most monumental moments in the fight for women’s suffrage. Tour the site of the Seneca Falls Convention or visit the spot where Susan B. Anthony illegally voted in 1872. By visiting the incredible museums and historic sites around the region, you’ll be able to see the beautiful countryside while learning about fearless women who changed history. Discover the history of women’s suffrage in the Finger Lakes and start planning your stay today!

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Where to Learn About Women’s Suffrage in the Finger Lakes

Women’s Rights National Historical Park

Where better to start your journey than at the site of the Seneca Falls Convention? The Women’s Rights National Historical Park features four historically significant properties open for public exploration. This includes the Wesleyan Chapel, where the convention was held on July 19 and 20, 1848. Another great attraction here is The Waterwall at Declaration Park. It’s a gorgeous 100-foot-long bluestone water feature on which the words of the Declaration of Sentiments are inscribed. You can also tour the Elizabeth Cady Stanton House during the summer season. The park pays tribute to the famed organized of the convention by maintaining her home, which she called the “center of the rebellion.” The M’Clintock House is another must-see. It’s where the declaration was drawn up, and much of the planning was done to start the movement. As with the previous home, it’s only available seasonally. We suggest that you take advantage of the park’s educational talks, which take place at 9:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. You can get the background on the first convention and learn more about the park itself.

National Women’s Hall of Fame

The mission of the National Women’s Hall of Fame is simple. They aim to “showcase great women…inspiring all!” There are 276 women currently in the hall of fame, with more amazing women added each year. This institution is the oldest of its kind, founded in 1968. During your visit, you’ll be able to learn about the lives of so many amazing women, some of whom you may not know and some of whom you do. The hall’s hours are seasonal, so check their website before visiting. Admission is just $5 for adults and $8 for families.

The National Susan B. Anthony Museum & House

It’s hard to talk about suffrage in the Finger Lakes without mentioning Susan B. Anthony. This icon of the movement played an active role in both the fight for the vote as well as abolition. You can tour the historic home of Anthony, which also happens to be the site where she was famously arrested for voting in 1872. Learn about her fascinating legacy and how she shaped the way we think of civil movements to this day. Admission is just $15 per adult, and we suggest that you allow at least one hour for your visit.

Other Important Sites in the Finger Lakes

If you’re interested in learning even more about powerful women, there are a dozen other great sites in the region. The Harriet Tubman National Historical Park has preserved the homestead of the leader of the Underground Railroad. You can also visit museums dedicated to figures like Matilda Joslyn Gage, Clara Barton, and Narcissa Prentiss Whitman. For more museum recommendations, download our free Vacation Guide!

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