If you support women’s rights and haven’t made a trip to Seneca Falls, NY—go!
I’ve visited several times and never fail to be moved by the names of the 68 courageous women engraved on the wall in the Women’s Rights National Historical Park who signed the Declaration of Sentiments more than a century and a half ago.
The Wesleyan Chapel where the First Woman’s Rights Convention was held in 1848 is on the same site. It’s never open when I’m there but I peek in the windows and imagine the excitement inside. Walk east on Fall Street and visit the National Women’s Hall of Fame. Truthfully you can spend days there reading about hundreds of smart, bold women you’ll never read about in a U.S. history class.
And absolutely do not miss Seneca Falls’ most unique store—WomanMade Products. All items in this store run by Becky Bly are made by women—including my two historical novels.
My last visit was early this month during an Erie Canal cruise that began and ended in the Seneca Falls Canal Harbor. My fellow canawlers and I wondered around town to Elizabeth Cady Stanton’s house on Washington Street and took the tour. The house is experiencing restoration but Lizzie’s yellow floors still brighten second floor rooms as she intended.
Of course I had to have my picture taken with the statues of Stanton, Amelia Bloomer and Susan B. Anthony. It was a chance meeting between Stanton and Anthony and an introduction by Bloomer that launched one of the most lasting, focused, political campaigns of American history—the fight for a woman’s right to vote.