MomStuff Road Trip: Seneca Falls, NY

Cristen Conger

Lucretia Mott. Respect. (Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

This week on the blog, Molly and I are planning out the MomStuff dream summer road trip across the U.S. Each day, we're highlighting a landmark commemorating a significant person or event involved in women's history. Hope y'all enjoy the ride.

Our first stop is about an hour southeast of Rochester, NY, at the birthplace of the women's movement in the United States. Seneca Falls is the site of the Women's Rights Convention in 1848 at the Wesleyan Methodist Church, led by Lucretia Mott and Elizabeth Cady Stanton. Mott and Stanton were inspired to organize the meeting after being banned from participating in an anti-slavery convention because of their gender. Stanton's Declaration of Sentiments, which called for equal rights for men and women, was signed there by 68 women and 32 men, effectively sparking first-wave feminism.

Designated as a national historic landmark, the Women's Rights National Historic Park in Seneca Falls includes the Wesleyan Chapel and Elizabeth Cady Stanton home. You can also see monuments memorializing the Declaration of the Sentiments and the convention organizers. Seneca Falls is also home to the National Women's Hall of Fame, and every July, visitors can participate in the town's reenactment of the Women's Rights Convention.

Once you're overloaded on women's history, you can stop by Seneca Falls' second most famous claim to fame -- the supposed inspiration for "It's a Wonderful Life".

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