Women’s Rights, Women’s History and the amazing Gift of the Haudenosaunee (Native Americans) to America’s fledgling Country and to our Nation’s women.
Attraction inclusions: 1. Matilda Joslyn Gage Center 2. Skan-Oh Center & Museum 3. William Seward Home 4. Harriet Tubman House & Museum 5. Women’s Rights National Historical Park 6. National Women’s Hall of Fame 7. Elizabeth Cady Stanton Home 8. The Wood House – drive by 9. Ganondagan 10. Finger Lakes Winery 11. Susan B Anthony House 12. Destiny USA
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Finger Lakes Region Logistics – Within its 9000 square miles are the eleven Finger Lakes created as the last ice age retreated north, home to 240 wineries, breweries, spirits and cideries, famous museums such as the Erie Canal Museum and the Corning Museum of Glass as well as the major cities of Syracuse, Rochester, Corning and Elmira. The Erie Canal passed through Syracuse and Rochester and allowed these small towns of the 1800’s to grow and prosper by sending products to New York City via the Canal.
Central New York– the hub is Syracuse, home to the Onondaga Native American Nation, keeper of the flame and central to Iroquois Confederacy meetings.
Matilda Joslyn Gage Home – located in nearby Fayetteville it was a stop on the Underground Railroad, she, an adopted clan mother and also mother-in-law to L. Frank Baum who wrote “The Wizard of Oz” series in her parlor.
Ska-Nonh Center – is a Haudenosaunee Heritage Center focused on telling the story of the native peoples of central New York. The history is told through the lens of the Onondaga Nation and covers topics such as Creation, European Contact, The Great Law of Peace and more.
Destiny USA – is a six-story super-regional shopping and entertainment complex on the shore of Onondaga Lake in Syracuse. It is the sixth largest shopping center in the United States, and the largest mall in the state of New York with over 300 stores.
Auburn – is a city of 27,000 located at the north end of Owasco Lake in the Finger Lakes with an abundance of history and culture.
Harriet Tubman Center – Known as “The Moses of Her People”, Tubman settled in Auburn after the Civil War and operated her home for aged and indigent blacks. As a conductor on the Underground Railroad – a network of abolitionists that helped slaves escape to freedom – she made a dozen trips south over a period of 11 years. Tubman died in 1913 at her South Street property, and is buried at nearby Fort Hill Cemetery.
The William Seward House – was home to William Seward (1801-1872), one of the foremost politicians of nineteenth century America, particularly as Secretary of State under Presidents Lincoln and Johnson. Enjoy masterpieces of American art and special exhibitions in both the historic house and the museum’s gardens.
Skaneateles – Finger Lake community at the foot of Skaneateles Lake the village with it’s population of approximately 7200 swells in the summer time hosting excellent restaurants, boat rides and access to the Lake itself.
The Sherwood Inn – When Isaac Sherwood won a contract to carry mail west from Onondaga Hill he started on foot, then horse, wagon and finally a stagecoach. His name lives on at the present-day Sherwood Inn, built on the site of the inn he first raised to serve his stagecoach passengers, drivers and horses. The Inn overlooks the lake and dinner is included here this evening.
Geneva – Directly in the center of the 9000 square mile Finger Lakes Tourism Region located at the confluence of US Routes 20 and 14. The city of 13,000 is at the southern exposure of the Cayuga Seneca Canal that connected to the Erie Canal. Geneva is home to Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Finger Lakes Community College Geneva Campus and is situated on Seneca Lake, the deepest and 2nd longest of the eleven Finger Lakes. The Seneca Nation’s home of over 1100 Native Americans was in present day Geneva and was completely destroyed in the 1780’s following orders from General George Washington.
Seneca Falls – Located on US Route 20 and midway between Auburn and Geneva, this village is also on the Cayuga Seneca Canal that meanders through the town. Seneca Falls is home to the Women’s Rights National Historical Park featuring the church where the Declaration of Sentiments was first communicated to the public in 1848 and the National Women’s Hall of Fame is just down the street.
Ganondagan State Historic Site – is the only New York State Historic Site dedicated to a Native American theme and the only Seneca town developed and interpreted in the United States. This facility is the original site of a 17th century Seneca town that existed peacefully for more than 350 years. The culture, art, agriculture and government of the Seneca’s all contributed to our democratic form of government, women’s rights, ecology and natural foods. Also located on the site is the Seneca Art and Culture Center that provides an excellent story of the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) contribution to art, culture and society.
Susan B Anthony House Museum – in Rochester, NY was the home of the legendary American civil rights leader, and the site of her famous arrest for voting in 1872. This home was the headquarters of the National American Woman Suffrage Association when she was its president and the place where she died in 1906.