Women's History Trail in New York’s Finger Lakes

Hobart & William Smith Colleges – Did you know that the first woman to receive her degree as a Doctor of Medicine did so in Geneva? Elizabeth Blackwell graduated from Geneva Medical College in 1849, the school that would eventually become Hobart and William Smith Colleges.

Exterior of the historic Sonnenberg Mansion in Canandaigua
Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park  - Located at 151 Charlotte Street in Canandaigua, NY, is one of America's longest surviving estates from the Victorian Era. The elegant Queen Anne-style mansion was built in 1887 by New York City financier Frederick Ferris Thompson, and his wife, Mary Clark Thompson, as a summer home.

Ontario County Courthouse – In June of 1873, Susan B. Anthony was tried at the Courthouse for voting illegally. She was found guilty, but infamously refused to pay the fine!

Ontario County Historical Society Museum - The Ontario County Historical Society has done extensive research into the local history of the Women's Rights movement. A visit to the museum or their website leads you to a trove of information from each of the surrounding communities. 

A crowd of people view a display at Ganondagan
Ganondagan State Historic Site – The Seneca and Haudenosaunee have a long tradition of women in important leadership roles thanks to its matrilineal society. Native American thinking about women's roles helped influence the women's suffrage movement in the region in the 19th century. One underlying theme visitors can experience when visiting Ganondagan's Bark Longhouse and the Seneca Art & Culture Center is the important role women have always played in this region's Native American history and culture.

Women’s History Trail - Total Time: 6 hours