The fight for Women’s rights is far from over. Although women have made leaps and bounds in fighting for civil rights, human rights, and equality, we still have hurdles along the way. The Women’s Rights National Historical Park tells the story of the first Woman's Rights Convention held in 1848.
Women's Rights National Historical Park Seneca Falls NY
As Women’s Rights continue to be established, it is good to know where women came from. The Women’s Rights National Park takes you on a trail that links you to 4 different sites important to the establishment of women’s rights.
These four locations will take you on a walk through history and leave you with a sense of accomplishment, pride, and love for all women.
Wesleyan Methodist Chapel
The Wesleyan Methodist Chapel is located in Seneca Falls. It was the very first place to hold a women’s rights convention. The simple red building was built by the Methodist congregation and supported the abolition of slavery of any kind.
The Hunt House
The home of Richard and Jane hunt is located in Waterloo. It is only open on special occasions but is definitely worth seeing. On July 13, 1848, Jane Hunt invited her friends to this home to plan the first woman's rights convention. Although women weren’t supposed to do this, it was a necessary course in finding freedoms not just for all men, but for all women as well.
Elizabeth Cady Stanton House
The Elizabeth Cady Stanton House is located near Wesleyan in Seneca Falls. Elizabeth Cady Stanton owned this home with her family from 1847-1862. Stanton played a key role in the 1848 Women’s Rights Convention as a leading writer, strategist, and co-leader of the suffrage movement.
The M’Clintock House
The home of Thomas and Mary Ann M’Clintock is located in Waterloo. It is only open to the public during the summer. However, this is another home where the first convention was planned. The house has historical exhibits that contain the family’s beliefs on both women’s rights and slavery.
Next tot he Chapel is the visitor center. This is where you can get your National Parks Passport stamped, get a map to all the buildings and visit their little store. You also pick up your National Parks Junior Ranger Book here to complete.
Here they also have a 2 story museum with artifacts and so much information. Everything from the people involved, to how it affected the kids of that time.
On this journey through the Women’s National Park, you will discover a compelling story of women’s rights, the underground railroad, and the emergence of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for all. This journey rich in history is something you will want to put on your bucket list!
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