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Visit Rochester and arrive where women’s rights took flight! Rochester and the Finger Lakes are home to the women’s suffrage movement. Rochester has a special role in the women’s suffrage movement, as it is the home of suffragette Susan B. Anthony, one of the most important figures in United States history. Today, guests can tour the Susan B. Anthony National Historic Home at the National Susan B. Anthony Museum & House. Discover the lasting legacy of the women’s rights movement in Rochester and the Finger Lakes.

Day 1

  • Walk through history at the National Susan B. Anthony Museum & House, Rochester’s first National Historic Landmark, home to the legendary suffragette, abolitionist, and civil rights leader during her most politically active 40 years. She served as president of the National American Woman Suffrage Association from her home on Madison Street. It was a hub for planning strategies, organizing campaigns, writing speeches and preparing petitions.

  • Pay your respects to Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass at Mount Hope Cemetery. Jean Brooks Greenleaf, former president of the NYS Woman Suffrage Association, is also buried in Mount Hope.

  • Stop and see the Let’s Have Tea statue in Susan B. Anthony Square. The statue depicts famous friends, Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass, engaged in conversation while sharing tea.

  • Stop for a refreshment at 1872 Café, a modern cafe in the same location where Susan B. Anthony voted when she voted (illegally!) in a federal election in 1872. Outside the restaurant is a bronze urn representing this important act in American history.

  • See artifacts and exhibits at the Rochester Museum & Science Center that deal with women’s suffrage and civil rights. RMSC holds a large number of items that belonged to Susan B. Anthony in its collection, and this collection can be viewed on request.

  • Martha Matilda Harper, another prominent figure in Rochester’s history, started a modern retail franchise to empower poor women to gain financial independence and invented many modern beauty salon methods still in use today. today. She is honored by the RMSC in its extensive historical collections, which can be viewed upon request.

Day 2

  • Follow the Women’s History Trail and head to Ganondagan State Historic Site in Victor. Ganondagan is perched on a high hill overlooking miles of countryside just a 20-minute drive from downtown Rochester, and is New York State’s only historic site dedicated to Native American history. Visitors can explore Seneca culture by visiting an authentic longhouse, walking marked trails with medicinal plants and herbs, and learning about Seneca agriculture, society, arts and crafts . The Seneca culture was built on a matriarchal system, and there is a strong connection between the American suffrage movement and the Seneca people.

  • Continue south to the Ontario County Courthouse in Canandaigua, site of the trial of Susan B. Anthony in 1873 for voting illegally in a federal election in November 1872.

  • Next stop is the National Women’s Hall of Fame, an inspiring and awe-inspiring tribute to our country’s most accomplished women, from its founding to today.

  • The second stop in Seneca Falls is the Women’s Rights National Historical Park at Seneca Falls. The park, operated by the National Parks System, tells the story of the first women’s rights convention held in Seneca Falls on July 19-20, 1848. It is a story of civil rights struggles, human rights and equality, global struggles that continue today.

  • While visiting Women’s Rights National Historical Park, be sure to visit the Wesleyan Chapel, which was the site of the first women’s rights convention in 1848. The convention at Seneca Falls was soon followed by another convention in Rochester – and with that the movement was born.

Day 3

  • Start your day with breakfast or brunch at a female-run restaurant. Offerings include Morgan’s Cereal Bar, Brown Hound Downtown, and The Cub Room. Continue with an afternoon of shopping at a woman-owned boutique. Visit our women-owned businesses blog for a complete list of women-owned businesses in Rochester.

  • Head to Cayuga County for a day trip, the place where Harriet Tubman made her home for 54 years of her free life. Visitors can enjoy a myriad of experiences, including visits to Underground Railroad stops. March 2022 marks Harriet Tubman’s bicentennial. Visit here for listings of events in the area.

  • End your day with a bit of Rochester nightlife. Have a drink at Young Lion, Living Roots, Casa Larga Vineyards, or the woman-owned Apogee Wine Bar, or kick back and relax at Need Salon, Tru Yoga, Just Browsing, and more. With a plethora of women entrepreneurs at the ROC, you’ll find yourself celebrating and supporting women-owned businesses all year long!

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