Women's Rights National Historical Park


Upstate New York became the birthplace of America's women's rights movement when, in 1848, five women (Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lucretia Mott, Martha Wright, Jane Hunt, and Mary Ann M'Clintock) organized the First Women's Rights Convention in Seneca Falls' Wesleyan Methodist Chapel. For two days, 300 conventioneers of both sexes debated resolutions, and on July 20, 1848, one hundred men and women signed the Declaration of Sentiments, which was modeled after the Declaration of Independence. Women's Rights National Historical Park includes the remains of the chapel, Declaration Park, the Elizabeth Cady Stanton House, the M'Clintock House, where the Declaration of Sentiments was written, the Hunt House, and a visitor center and museum. What to see and do: Located in downtown Seneca Falls, the visitor center introduces you to the history of women's rights in America. Watch a 25-minute film, then walk through interpretive exhibits including a collection of statues representing the 1848 participants. Outside in Declaration Park (open 24 hours), you may read the words of the Declaration of Sentiments engraved on a 100-foot-long bluestone waterwall and see the remains of Wesleyan Methodist Chapel. Continue on to the Elizabeth Cady Stanton House, where tours are offered at 11:15 AM and 2:15 PM daily from March to December. M'Clintock House (tours at 2 and 3 PM, Thursday through Sunday during summer) and Hunt House are in the nearby Village of Waterloo. In July, the park celebrates Convention Days with concerts, speeches and living history presentations to mark the anniversary of the First Women's Rights Convention. The Women's Rights National Park visitor center is open daily 9 AM to 5 PM; closed New Year's Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Presidents Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. Other sites of interest in Seneca Falls include the National Women's Hall of Fame, the Seneca Falls Historical Society, and the Seneca Museum of Waterways and Industry. Fees and restrictions: Admission is free.


136 Fall St
Seneca Falls, NY 13148


42.91053400, -76.80024300
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(315) 568-2991

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