Ellenville, NY, is more than 200 miles from Seneca Falls, the heart of the women’s rights movement, and both are on the New York State Women’s Heritage Trail.
Ellenville residents call their deteriorating Hunt Memorial Building the “heart of the village” and point to its historical significance to the women’s temperance and suffrage movements. The former was a late 19th/early 20th century campaign against alcohol consumption; the suffrage movement eventually won women the right to vote.
The Hunt’s classical façade is an imposing presence at the corner of Canal Street and Liberty Place, but in recent years the structure has begun to decline. Now a monumental effort—to the tune of $2 million—is required to bring an architectural jewel back to its former splendor.
The Hunt Memorial Preservation Committee has been working on a $200,000 matching grant. The HMPC will receive the $200,000 only if it can raise the same amount on its own.
The New York State Women’s Heritage Trail includes many important structures such as the former residences of escaped slave and Underground Railroad conductor Harriet Tubman; abolitionist, suffragist and free-thinker Matilda Joslyn Gage; Susan B. Anthony, Eleanor Roosevelt and Lucille Ball.
The Trail winds through Seneca Falls where guests can tour the Elizabeth Cady Stanton house and other historic structures associated with the First Woman’s Rights Convention.
To get a bird’s eye view of the historic Women’s Heritage Trail click here