Ontario County Courthouse

27 North Main Street
Canandaigua, NY 14424

The Ontario County Courthouse is home to the judicial branch of Ontario County and is rich in local history. The Greek Revival-styled building built in 1858 is an important landmark and distinct part of women's history. On June 17, 1873, suffragette Susan B. Anthony was on trial here for "illegal voting" in a federal election. The trial opened to a packed courtroom and Anthony pleaded innocent to the charges. The presiding judge would not allow Anthony to testify and in fact instructed the all male jury to find her guilty. She was found guilty the next day and fined $100. Anthony's supporters paid the fine, and although Anthony's trial made an important statement, it was still another 48 years before women were able to vote legally in a federal election.