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Women Making History

Suggested Tour

Seneca Falls & Rochester, NY

3 days 2 nights

Meet the brave, progressive women who changed American history! Upstate New York is known as the birthplace of Women's Rights. Everyone should understand the plight of these amazing women and a few good men, who changed the United States for the better! This tour provides a sense of place for all to experience the rich history of the fight for women's rights.

Day One - Seneca Falls

Begin at The Women's Rights National Historical Park in Seneca Falls (U.S. National Park Service) - In 1848, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and four other women invited the public to the First Women's Rights Convention to discuss the expanding role of women in America.  It lasted two days with a public commitment to work together to improve the quality of life for women.

The park includes a museum and a memorial as well as the remains of the Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, where the convention took place. Elizabeth Cady Stanton's home is located a short distance from the park and is open seasonally.

By the way, Seneca Falls is said to be the inspiration for Frank Capra's It's a Wonderful Life.  Seems Capra had relatives in the area and visited often.  If you visit in December, you'll note a number of events celebrating the spirit of the movie.

Located approximately 15 minutes east of Seneca Falls, is Waterloo Premium Outlets offering more than 100 premium outlet stores such as Nike, Ralph Lauren, Jones NY, Banana Republic, Gap, J. Crew and many more!

Travel east a few miles to enjoy an overnight stay at Belhurst Castle in beautiful Geneva, New York.

Belhurst is located on the shores of Seneca Lake in the heart of the Finger Lakes region.  It features fine dining in a beautiful castle setting filled with history and breathtaking views.  Enjoy some wine tasting at the castle's winery!

Day Two - Rochester, NY

Rochester is located 40 minutes east of Geneva and easily accessible via I90.

Begin at the National Susan B. Anthony Museum & House. This National Historic Landmark shares the story of Susan B. Anthony's lifelong struggle to gain voting rights for women and equal rights for all. Her vision is kept alive and relevant by preserving and sharing Anthony's legacy. Next to the home is the Anthony Visitor Center; across the street is Susan B. Anthony Park where an impressive bronze statue of Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass, entitled Let's Have Tea, stands as memorial to these two famous Rochesterians. (Frederick Douglass was a great American abolitionist, supporter of universal suffrage, a powerful orator and a newspaper publisher in Rochester for nearly 25 years).

Next, visit Rochester's historic Mt. Hope Cemetery. Dedicated in 1838, Mount Hope is America's first municipal Victorian cemetery. Set in a picturesque landscape shaped by retreating glaciers, the cemetery features 82 mausoleums, soaring Egyptian obelisks, winged angels of mercy, a Florentine cast-iron fountain, two stone chapels in Gothic Revival style, a Moorish gazebo, and infinitely varied tombstones marking 350,000 graves across 196 acres. Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass are both buried there. 

Afternoon options:

Hochstein School of Music - Visit the display featuring the funerals of both Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass, who were both buried from this location; first was Douglass, when it was the original Bethel Church; and then, Anthony in 1906, when it was called the Central Presbyterian Church. The home of abolitionist, Amy Post, is next door and it was a station on the Underground Railroad.

Rochester Museum & Science Center- View interactive and historical exhibits including the stories of famous Rochester women like Kate Gleason, an American businesswoman of the 19th century; and Martha Matilda Harper, a Canadian born businesswoman entrepreneur, who established an international franchise of hair salons and products.  Susan B. Anthony was one of her customers. 

Ganondagan NYS Historic Site - The history of the Seneca Native American tribe comes alive at this NYS historic site.  Learn about customs and traditions including the role of Seneca Native American women who lived at this site.  Ganondagan is the final resting place of Jikohnsaseh, known as the "Mother of Nations," and an important figure in the Iroquois history. There is also a 17th century Bark Longhouse on the site where interpreters make it easy to imagine what life was like for Native American Indians in this area.

At dinner time, you may choose to take a relaxing river cruise on the Mary Jemison (Corn Hill Waterway Navigation).  The Mary Jemison is an historic wooden vessel that cruises the Genesee River and the Erie Canal.  Learn about Mary Jemison, "The White Woman of the Genesee," and her life among the Seneca Nation of the Iroquois.  Enjoy dinner onboard! (Seasonal)

Overnight in Rochester.  Choose from one of the many group-friendly hotels available in the area.

Day Three - Rochester, NY

Time now for a bit of pampering.  Enjoy a relaxing spa service or a round of golf at Woodcliff Hotel and Spa located near Exit 45 on I90; or a spa treatment at Del Monte Lodge, a Renaissance Hotel and Spa.  Nearby, the Eastview Mall offers a quality shopping experience for those discriminating shoppers.  This upscale mall is home to nearly 100 stores including Lord & Taylor, Macy's, Banana Republic, LL Bean, and more.

Lunch in the Mall food court or one of several popular restaurants adjacent to the mall.

Depart Rochester feeling relaxed, enlightened and inspired!