Women's Rights National Historical Park

Overview

As a thirty-two year old mother of three, Elizabeth Cady Stanton felt like a "caged lioness" trapped and isolated in her home. When she shared her frustration with a group of Quaker abolitionists on July 9th, 1848, the other women not only agreed, but also demanded immediate action. Ten days later in the Wesleyan Chapel of Seneca Falls, New York, they held the First Women's Rights Convention in American history. While women have achieved greater equality with the vote, property rights and education, the revolution continues throughout the world today. Find out how it all began at Women's Rights National Historical Park. The park consists of four major historical properties and a state of the art Visitor Center. Start at the Visitor Center where you can view inspirational film and exhibits. Continue to the Wesleyan Chapel and imagine being a participant at the First Women's Rights Convention. Next, take a tour of the Elizabeth Cady Stanton home where she raised seven children and created a movement. In nearby Waterloo, the park continues to restore the historic M'Clintock and Hunt homes which open to the public only on special occasions. Call for more information.

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Activities

Seasonality / Weather

Average Annual Temperature: 47 Degrees Fahrenheit.
Average January Temperatures: 14-32 Degrees Fahrenheit.
Average July Temperatures: 59-81 Degrees Fehrenheit.
Normal Annual Snowfall: 60 inches.
Normal Amount of Sunshine: 50% of Daylight Hours.
Growing Season: 147 Days.

Directions

Driving: 

By Car From the North:
From the New York State Thruway (I-90) take exit 41 (Route 414). Turn right onto Route 414 South after exiting the tollbooth. Follow Route 414 South for approximately four miles. At the intersections of Routes 414 and Route 5 & 20 (the same road at this point), turn left onto Route 5 & 20 East and 414 South. Follow for approximately one and a half miles into the Village of Seneca Falls. The Visitor Center is on the left at 136 Fall Street (5, 20, 414) as you enter the downtown area. There is a tall white flag pole in front of the Visitor Center. The Wesleyan Chapel is next to the Visitor Center, with Declaration Park located between the two structures. The Visitor Center and Wesleyan Chapel are located on the North side of Fall Street (5, 20, 414) between Clinton and Mynderse Streets.

By Car From the West
Travel East on Route 5 & 20 East and 414 South into the Village of Seneca Falls. The Visitor Center is on the left at 136 Fall Street (5, 20, 414) as you enter the downtown area. There is a tall white flag pole in front of the Visitor Center. The Wesleyan Chapel is next to the Visitor Center, with Declaration Park located between the two structures. The Visitor Center and Wesleyan Chapel are located on the North side of Fall Street (5, 20, & 414) between Clinton and Mynderse Streets.

By Car From the South
Travel North on Route 414 into the Village of Seneca Falls. Go through the Bayard Street stop light and get into the left turn lane as you cross the bridge, follow the signs for 414 North. At the first stoplight on the other side of the bridge, turn left onto Fall Street (5, 20, 414). Go through one stop light (State Street), the Wesleyan Chapel and Visitor Center are on your right. There is a tall white flag pole in front of the Visitor Center. The Wesleyan Chapel is next to the Visitor Center, with Declaration Park located between the two structures. The Visitor Center and Wesleyan Chapel are located on the North side of Fall Street (5, 20, 414) between Clinton and Mynderse Streets.

By Car From the East
Travel West on Route 5 & 20 into the Village of Seneca Falls. Follow 5 & 20 West and 414 North, turn right onto Fall Street. Go through one stop light (State Street), the Wesleyan Chapel and Visitor Center are on your right. There is a tall white flag pole in front of the Visitor Center. The Wesleyan Chapel is next to the Visitor Center, with Declaration Park located between the two structures. The Visitor Center and Wesleyan Chapel are located on the North side of Fall Street (5, 20, 414) between Clinton and Mynderse Streets.

Parking
Visitor parking is provided in a lot behind the Visitor Center and is accessible from Clinton Street. The lot has one space reserved for Handicapped Parking. Additional parking limited to two hours is available along Fall, Clinton, and Mynderse Streets.

Flying: 

The nearest airports to the park are at Syracuse, Rochester, and Ithaca. Auto rental is available at all three airports.

Public Transport: 

Seneca Transit Service provides bus service to the surrounding communities.