“Come Celebrate Women in Seneca Falls!”
Women's Rights National Historical Park was established in 1980, and covers a total of 6.83 acres (27,600 m²) of land in Seneca Falls and nearby Waterloo, New York. The park consists of four major historical properties including the Weselyan Chapel, site of the First Women’s Rights Convention. The Elizabeth Cady Stanton House and the homes of other early women's rights activists (the M’Clintock House and the Richard Hunt House are also on display. The park includes a Visitor Center and an Education and Cultural Center housing the Suffrage Press Printshop.
In 1848 Elizabeth Cady Stanton and four other women invited the public to the First Women's Rights Convention to discuss expanding the role of women in America. At the end of the two days, 100 people made a public commitment to work together to improve women’s quality of life. While women have achieved greater equality with the vote, property rights, and education, the revolution continues today. The park consists of four historical properties and a Visitor Center. In nearby Waterloo, the restored home of Thomas and Mary Ann M'Clintock is open to the public during the summer. Site of the planning for the First Women's Rights Convention, the M'Clintock House contains exhibits about the family's Quaker faith, and their work in Anti-Slavery and Women's Rights. The home of Richard and Jane Hunt is also in Waterloo. It is open to the public only on special occasions.
There's a very moving short film that's show and the visitor center provides free tours of Wesleyan Chapel, which is right next door, as well as the Elizabeth Stanton House. Watch the short movie - it is very moving. Peruse the visitor center and take the free tours of the Wesleyan Chapel (next door) and the Elizabeth Stanton House. Tours take place twice a day. This is a fantastic place to explore the history of the women's rights movement. Though many of the exhibits are a bit outdated. If you're visiting Seneca Falls, it's definitely worth a visit.
I was extremely moved by this park and museum center. I really can't say anymore than please go. It's not a flashy museum, but it contains great information, and it is powerful to see the place where one of the most important events in the history of women's rights history took place. Plus, it is free, so there is really no reason not to go.
I lived in Seneca Falls for 6 months and it was always very inspiring to go here. Even just walking around the park you can take in the rich history and importance of the area.
Open seven days a week from 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM (except Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day)
An inspiring museum with twice daily tours. It can get kind of busy on the weekends, so if you can, visit on the weekday.
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