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Women’s Rights National Historic Park - An Overview

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The Susan B. Anthony House

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Overview:

In 1848, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and four other women invited the public to the First Women's Rights Convention. The convention was created to explore how to expand the role of women in America. It is because of the hard work and dedication of these women that a public committment was made to improve the quality of life for all women in America. Today, women have rights tied to voting, property rights, and the right to education. The Women’s Rights National Historic Park pays tribute to these historic women.

History:

The Women’s Rights National Historic Park was established in 1980. The park consists of four major historical sites: the Wesleyan Chapel (site of the First Women’s Rights Convention), the Elizabeth Cady Stanton House, the M’Clintock House, and the Richard Hunt House.

When to Visit:

The park's Visitor Center is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., except for New Year's Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Presidents Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.

The park grounds are open sunrise to sunset, daily.

The M'Clintock House is open Friday through Monday during the summer.

Getting There:

If you are coming into the area by plane, the nearest airports to the park are located in Syracuse, Rochester, and Ithaca. Car rentals are available at all three airports.

For those visitors driving, check out the following directions:

From the North: From the New York State Thruway (I-90), take exit 41. Turn right onto Route 414 South and turn left onto Route 5 & 20 East/ 414 South. You will drive into the Village of Seneca Falls. The Visitor Center will be located on your left at 136 Fall Street.

From the West: Drive East on Route 5 & 20 East/ 414 South into the Village of Seneca Falls. The Visitor Center will be located on your left at 136 Fall Street.

From the South: Head North on Route 414 into the Village of Seneca Falls. After the bridge, turn left onto Fall Street. Go through the stop light at State Street, and you will see the Wesleyan Chapel and Visitor Center located on your right.

From the East: Drive West on Route 5 & 20 into the Village of Seneca Falls. Follow 5 & 20 West/ 414 North, and turn right onto Fall Street. Go through the stop light at State Street, and you will see the Visitor Center on your right.

Fees/Permits:

All programs, tours, exhibits, and films are free.

Things to Do:

Self Guided Tour: Bring your cell phone for an easy self-guided tour. Call 315-257-9370 and select one of the five stops.

Junior Ranger Program for Kids: Ask for a Junior Ranger booklet at the Visitor Center. Kids can answer questions, do puzzles, and learn about the women’s rights movement. At the end, kids can earn a Junior Ranger Badge and certificate.

Elizabeth Cady Stanton House: Tours are offered during the spring, summer, and fall. Tours are held at 11:15 a.m. and 2:15 p.m.

Wesleyan Chapel Program: Led by a park ranger, this tour begins in the Visitor Center. The program is held at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

Votes for Women History Trail: Drive along while learning about important sites in Upstate NY, including the Susan B. Anthony House, Antoinette Louisa Brown Blackwell Childhood Home, Mount Hope Cemetery in Rochester, M’Clintock House, and the Women’s Rights National Historic Park.

Call 315-568-0024 for more information.

Contact Info:

Superintendent
136 Fall Street
Seneca Falls, New York 13148

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Phone:
Visitor Information: (315) 568-0024

Park Headquarters: (315) 568-2991

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