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Women’s History

Women’s History

Did you ever think that beyond its stunning scenery and delicious wines, the Finger Lakes region holds a treasure trove of women’s history? Believe it or not, this beautiful area played a pivotal role in the journey towards women’s rights, including the monumental Nineteenth Amendment! Get ready to embark on a journey that uncovers the hidden gems of women’s history across four counties. Along the way, why not support the vibrant community of women-owned businesses? Let’s celebrate the past and present innovators together!


Let’s kick off your adventure with a sprinkle of excitement and a dash of empowerment!

If you’re starting your trip from Buffalo or Niagara Falls, why not begin by paying homage to trailblazers? Swing by Clara Barton Chapter #1 House in Dansville or pause by the Mary Jemison Statue in Letchworth State Park. These spots are more than just landmarks; they’re monuments to resilience and courage.

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Next stop: Rochester, a city pulsating with the spirit of change. Dive into the Susan B. Anthony Museum & House, a shrine celebrating one of the champions of women’s rights. Susan’s legacy transcends time, encompassing abolition, suffrage, education, and more. Imagine standing in the very parlor where she defied norms, her spirit echoing through the halls.

Feeling peckish? Refuel at the 1872 Café, where every bite is a tribute to Susan’s audacity. From hearty sandwiches to fresh salads, there’s something for everyone. And don’t miss the ballot box where Susan cast her historic vote – it’s a slice of history served with your meal.

After lunch, take a self-guided, leisurely stroll through Mt. Hope Cemetery, where icons like Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass rest in peace. It’s a solemn reminder of their enduring influence, nestled among the serene gravestones.

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Indulge in some well-deserved relaxation at Living Roots, a woman-owned winery nestled in Rochester’s vibrant Neighborhood of the Arts. Sip on exquisite wines, savor delectable snacks, and soak in the ambiance of creativity and community.

As you journey towards Seneca Falls, you’ll pass by the Ontario County Court House, where Susan B. Anthony faced justice for daring to exercise her rights. And why not make pit stops at Ganondagan State Historic Site and Farmington Quaker Meetinghouse? Each holds a piece of the past, waiting to be discovered.

When you arrive in Seneca County, you’ll have your choice of various accommodation options – from hotels, to inns and bed-and-breakfasts, to cottages and vacation rentals.


Start your day off right by indulging in a delicious breakfast either at your accommodation or at Connie’s Diner! This charming diner, owned by women and steeped in family tradition since 1989, promises a taste of the golden age of diners with its quick service, mouthwatering dishes, and affordable prices.

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Immerse yourself in the empowering legacy of the Finger Lakes’ most influential women at the Women’s Rights National Historical Park. Here, where the first Women’s Rights Convention took place and the Declaration of Sentiments was bravely read, you’ll stand on the very ground that sparked a pivotal moment in American history. Don’t miss out on exploring the Visitor Center, Wesleyan Chapel, and the inspiring Waterwall at Declaration Park.

While you’re in the area, be sure to show your support for women-owned businesses like Blush by CVDesigns and Woman Made Products, located nearby. Every visit is a vote of confidence in these remarkable women’s endeavors.

Continue your journey of honoring trailblazing women at the National Women’s Hall of Fame, just across the water. Here, you’ll discover the remarkable achievements of women spanning various fields, from arts to sciences, and beyond. You may see some familiar faces and be introduced to some new ones!

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As you make your way to lunch, pause to admire the “When Anthony Met Stanton” statue, which depicts Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton being introduced by Amelia Bloomer. This momentous meeting set the stage for significant advancements in abolition and women’s rights.

For a lunch experience deeply rooted in history, head to Café XIX, a local gem paying homage to Seneca Falls’ rich legacy. Named after the Nineteenth Amendment, this eatery offers not only delicious fare but also a chance to admire portraits of influential suffragists like Lucretia Mott and Martha C. Wright.

Just across from Café XIX stands the Ripples of Change sculpture, celebrating the lesser-known heroines of the suffrage movement: Harriet Tubman, Martha Coffin Wright, Sojourner Truth, and Laura Cornelius Kellogg. 

After lunch, step into Elizabeth Cady Stanton’s world with a visit to her former residence on Washington Street, where she lived with her family for 15 years.

Before you head to Auburn, take a detour for a delightful wine-tasting experience at Montezuma Winery & Hidden Marsh Distillery or Izzo White Barn Winery. In Auburn, savor the welcoming atmosphere and flavorful dishes at Prison City Brewing, a perfect spot to unwind after a day filled with exploration and discovery.

After checking into your accommodations, recharge for another day of uncovering the remarkable stories of women who changed the course of history. Your journey into the heart of women’s history continues tomorrow!


Start your day off right with a delicious breakfast either at your accommodations or at one of the nearby restaurants. If you’re up for a flavorful adventure, why not head over to Café 108? It’s conveniently located near the Equal Rights Heritage Center, your first stop of the day. And if you’re feeling like adding a little extra sweetness to your morning, swing by Gretchen’s Confections for some specialty chocolates, including the Harriet Tubman Truffle! (Who says you can’t have chocolate for breakfast?)

As you stroll through the area, keep an eye out for the stunning Harriet Tubman mural, a visual tribute to her extraordinary life and achievements beyond the Underground Railroad.

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Your journey into the heart of Auburn begins with a warm welcome at the New York State Equal Rights Heritage Center. Immerse yourself in interactive displays and grab some informative pamphlets about the city’s landmarks. Don’t forget to strike a pose (or two) with the iconic Harriet Tubman statue in the courtyard!

Next, step into the Seward House Museum, where you’ll uncover the remarkable story of Frances Seward. Though she was known as the wife of William H. Seward, President Lincoln’s Secretary of State, Frances carved her own path as a champion of women’s rights and abolition. Discover more about her family’s impact and their connection to the legendary Harriet Tubman.

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Auburn holds a special place in Harriet Tubman’s heart, as it was where she chose to build her home after gaining her freedom. Pay a visit to the Harriet Tubman National Historic Park to see the church where she worshipped and where she was laid to rest with military honors.

Before you move on, take a moment of reflection at the gravesites of Frances Seward and Harriet Tubman in Fort Hill Cemetery.

Now, set your sights on Skaneateles. If time permits, take a scenic detour through the Equal Rights Historic District. Explore properties once owned by freed slaves, abolitionists, and women’s rights advocates, including the Howland Stone Store Museum and Opendore.

As you drive through Skaneateles, indulge in some retail therapy at stores like DROOZ and Company and Emma + James. For a delightful lunch, stop by Doug’s Fish Fry, Bluewater Grill, or the Sherwood Inn. And of course, don’t miss out on a sweet treat from the Chocolate Pizza Company – because who can resist chocolate pizza?

Your journey continues with a visit to the Harriet May Mills House, home of the trailblazing women’s suffragist who paved the way for change. Learn about her connections with other prominent suffragists such as Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton.

Continue eastward and enjoy a unique Downtown Syracuse experience at Wildflowers Armory, where a collective of artisans committed to community create and sell regionally made artwork, apparel and homegrown products. From there, head over to two woman-owned businesses, The Communion Wine & Spirits, on the ground floor of the historic State Tower Building for a unique taste-testing experience of a carefully selected collection of wines from around the world, from Italy to the Finger Lakes.

Conclude your three-day exploration of women’s history in the Finger Lakes region with a visit to the Matilda Joslyn Gage Home. Dive into discussions about the social movements Matilda tirelessly championed during her lifetime. And here’s a fun fact: Did you know she was the mother-in-law of L. Frank Baum, the author of “The Wizard of Oz,” inspired the character of Dorothy – a symbol of strength and conviction.

So go ahead, embark on this inspiring journey through the Finger Lakes, where the legacy of remarkable women awaits your discovery!

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