Women’s Rights National Historical Park in Seneca Falls, New York

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When I was in college back in the day, I took a Women’s Studies course to fulfill a graduation requirement. By the end of the course, my entire perspective on the world had shifted. I was suddenly aware of a piece of history that I didn’t learn about in my K-12 U.S.public school classes; I was aware that women had a history. 

After that course, visiting the town of Seneca Falls, New York was instantly added to my travel bucket list. Seneca Falls is a significant landmark in women’s history, as it was the location of the first Women’s Rights Convention back in 1848.

In Summer of 2009, I got the chance to visit! During a drive from Syracuse, NY to a Bob Dylan concert in Milwaukee, WI with my then-boyfriend, I noticed that Seneca Falls was on the route and knew I just had to see it.

Let me tell you this: it did not disappoint. 

Earlier this month on a New England road trip with my partner Dave and our two daughters, I noticed that we were traveling near Seneca Falls and, once again, I knew that I just had to take them to see it.

Once again: did not disappoint

Women’s Rights National Historical Park in Seneca Falls, New York




 

1. Wesleyan Chapel

Wesleyan chapel Seneca Falls women's rights national historical park

One of the most significant places to see in Women’s Rights National Historical Park is Wesleyan Chapel, where the actual convention took place.

The first time I visited Seneca Falls, the chapel consisted of two walls and a roof. Since then, the National Park Service has rehabilitated the Chapel to preserve it for future generations. It’s now a completed building that you can go inside and sit down in. Admission is free. 

Baby in Wesleyan chapel in Seneca falls

Dave also insisted that this picture of the girls as Jr. Rangers just HAD to happen…

Kids national park service rangers

And then of course I had to get this picture…

Lots of good times to be had by all inside this historic landmark. Traveling with kids, ammiright? 😉

 

2. Declaration of Sentiments Park and Waterwall

Girl declaration of sentiments Seneca falls ny

The words of the Declaration of Sentiments can be seen and read on the Waterwall in Declaration of Sentiments Park, which is located next to Wesleyan Chapel.

Girls in Seneca Falls women's rights

This makes a wonderful spot to take pictures in front of Wesleyan Chapel–especially if you are traveling with kids and trying to safely get a great travel photo–as there is a huge grassy area in the middle of the park for them to sit in.

Baby in Seneca falls

Now that we have two kids, I try to get individual pictures of them in front of landmarks, as well as sibling/family shots. Who knows what’s they’ll prefer when they’re older? 🙂

Girl at women's rights national historical site new york

 

 

3. Visitors Center and Museum

 

The Visitors Center and Museum are right next door to the Wesleyan Chapel and the Waterwall, and are an absolute must if you’re in Seneca Falls!

The downstairs features life-sized statues of Convention members (Elizabeth Caty Stanton and Fredrick Douglass, to name a few) that you can snap some great photos with, along with a gift shop. Upstairs is a small, but rich-in-information museum outlining some key moments of the Women’s Rights Movement throughout history.

Like the rest of the park, admission is completely free.

 

 

4. Other Women’s Rights Locations

Just outside of Wesleyan Chapel, you’ll find the official historical marker for the first Women’s Rights Convention, which is a great place to snap a photo.

Mom and daughters in Seneca falls ny

 

Nearby, you can also see the home of Elizabeth Caty Stanton and the M’Clintock House, where the Declaration of Sentiments was drafted prior to the Convention. We skipped over these locations on our trip, but definitely will be checking them out the next time we are in town.

 

Overall, Women’s Rights National Historical Park is a must for anyone who is interested in learning more about the history of women in the United States. If you ever find yourself near Seneca Falls, it’s more than worth the stop.

Visit It Yourself:

136 Fall Street
Seneca Falls, NY 13148

All visitors information can be found on the U.S. National Park Service’s website here. 

 

 




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33 Comments

  • Reply Elizabeth

    Lovely, I am just learning about this.

    July 22, 2017 at 10:38 am
  • Reply Katie Bressler

    What a fun experice you had with your family and I love that it didn’t cost a thing. The pictures are so cute, especially the ones inside the Chapel!

    July 22, 2017 at 1:25 pm
  • Reply Carmen

    I never even knew there was a Women’s Rights National Historical Park! Thank you for sharing about your visits!

    July 22, 2017 at 2:46 pm
  • Reply Tayler DiGiacomo

    I never knew this was there!! That’s amazing & would be such a special place to bring your daughters to.

    July 22, 2017 at 3:34 pm
  • Reply Kristy

    I never knew this was where it all started! I need to brush up on my history! Thank you for sharing! Your pictures from your trip are wonderful.

    July 22, 2017 at 3:44 pm
  • Reply Nadine Cathleen

    I didn’t know of that place! The pictures look great and it’s good to teach your daughters early about women rights 🙂

    July 23, 2017 at 3:53 pm
  • Reply robin rue

    I had not heard of this before. Most of our road trips are within New England, but if we are looking to head outside of NE, we will check this out for sure 🙂

    July 24, 2017 at 1:26 pm
  • Reply Jessica Joachim

    This is great! It is sad that I don’t remember learning much about Women’s history in school either. I feel like i need to make a point to teach my daughter about these things myself.

    July 24, 2017 at 3:45 pm
  • Reply Melissa Chapman

    It is amazing that women’s rights was an issue in the 1800’s and we are still fighting today. If I get up there I will try to see it, it looks like a worthwhile detour.

    July 24, 2017 at 4:18 pm
  • Reply La Shell

    What a great experience. I’ve been to NYC many times but never heard of this place. I’d look for it when next I travel.

    July 24, 2017 at 4:26 pm
  • Reply Karen Morse

    What a great way to educate the kids about the history of Women’s Rights and where it all began. This is such a nice place to visit especially if you’re a woman. You’re going to feel enlightened and empowered after visiting this place.

    July 24, 2017 at 6:08 pm
  • Reply Kansas Bonanno

    What an amazing thing to be able to share with your girls! Maybe the next time we go up to NY we can visit and share it with my girls too!

    July 24, 2017 at 6:46 pm
  • Reply Beth Davidson

    We have been wanting to head up to Niagara Falls for awhile now, so maybe we can make a little out of the way stop to see this too. We have a daughter now, so maybe she will appreciate the history with me.

    July 24, 2017 at 7:40 pm
  • Reply Pam

    I would love to visit! I’m glad you brought it up because it’s not something I would think to plan into a family trip, but as we travel up north almost annually, I think I will put it in there. It’s so important for us to know and for our daughters to learn about. Thanks so much for the post.

    July 24, 2017 at 11:44 pm
  • Reply Cassie

    I’d love to give this a visit!! And how special to visit it with your girls too!! It’s crazy to think that there was a part of our history where women didn’t have the rights they have now – and it’s sad we still have ways to go with equality in the workplace, and in other countries around the world!

    July 25, 2017 at 12:18 am
  • Reply Amber Nelson

    This would be super interesting to check out. I am really fascinated with history so this would be on my list to check out for sure.

    July 25, 2017 at 12:55 am
  • Reply Ana De- Jesus

    Isn’t that amazing that the one course opened your mind up to women’s history and you became passionate about finding out more. It makes me happy when others are eager to learn more about women’s rights! x

    July 25, 2017 at 2:59 am
  • Reply Jessica Joachim

    Next time I am in NYC, I would love to visit this place. It has a great historic importance!

    July 25, 2017 at 5:26 am
  • Reply Sona Jain

    I am coming over on Aug 10 and I would love to visit this place. Looks beautiful and historic

    July 25, 2017 at 5:28 am
  • Reply Heather

    What a great experience to have with your daughters! I have never been, but it does sound awesome! We have been studying US History in our homeschool for the past 18 months, and women’s history is definitely on the schedule for the coming semester! Can’t wait.

    July 25, 2017 at 12:03 pm
  • Reply Heather

    What a great experience and awesome learning opportunity. My two daughters definitely need to visit here with me!

    July 25, 2017 at 1:07 pm
  • Reply Carolyn

    What a great place to visit with my daughter. I’ll put it on our places to visit. I am sure the feeling you get when you are in that same room as the first convention is special.

    July 25, 2017 at 2:02 pm
  • Reply Nancy Johnson Horn

    Great way to teach your daughters about women’s rights. I am trying to teach my daughter about it and we were proud to attend a march near my mother-in-law’s house this year.

    July 25, 2017 at 2:29 pm
  • Reply Jeanine

    Wow, what an experience. This would be really awesome to do with my daughters. I’m sure we’d all learn a thing or two, and would be a lot of fun for us.

    July 25, 2017 at 3:50 pm
  • Reply michenn

    Aww this looks like such a fun vacation to take your family to. I’d love to visit this!

    July 25, 2017 at 4:00 pm
  • Reply reesa

    What an awesome place to visit!!! So historical and especially to go with your daughters!

    July 25, 2017 at 6:17 pm
  • Reply Cassie Tucker

    I’m ashamed to say I have never thought about vising Seneca Falls before. I’m adding it to my bucket list now though!

    July 26, 2017 at 11:30 pm
  • Reply HilLesha

    I love visiting national parks, but I have never heard of this particular one before. I’d love to visit there someday, though!

    July 27, 2017 at 12:56 am
  • Reply Rachel Catherine

    What an amazing trip to take with your girls! I would love to take my daughter here some day.

    July 27, 2017 at 3:02 am
  • Reply Brandi with Big Fit Fam

    What a cool experience for you and your girls! I would definitely love to make it out to this with my daughter someday!

    July 27, 2017 at 2:06 pm
  • Reply Courtney

    Omg what a need place to visit!!! Definitely someplace your kids will remember forever!!! Definitely need to take my daughter since we do live in NY

    July 28, 2017 at 5:06 am
  • Reply Sara Geffrard

    I’ve in NY for over a decade and I’ve never known about this. Definitely added to my summer/fall travel itinerary.

    July 28, 2017 at 5:21 pm
  • Reply Debbie-jean Lemonte

    This is really cool. I didn’t even know and I’ve been here for over 16 years. I might just look into it for my upcoming travel plans.

    July 28, 2017 at 11:06 pm
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