Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion, Canandaigua

Women's History Trail

The roots of women's history in the Finger Lakes runs deep in Ontario County. There is Ganondagan and its history of a matrilineal society, the Ontario County Courthouse where Susan B. Anthony was tried for attempting to cast her ballot in the 1872 election, and the statue of Elizabeth Blackwell on the grounds of Hobart and William Smith Colleges, celebrating the first female to graduate with her M.D. in the United States. These women, and so many more, set forth the course that generations of strong Finger Lakes women have maintained and continued.

Follow in the steps of these groundbreaking women!

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

Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park  -This elegant Queen Anne-style mansion was built in 1887 in Canandaigua by New York City financier Frederick Ferris Thompson, and his wife, Mary Clark Thompson, as a summer home.

Women's Rights

 It has been said that well-behaved women seldom make history. If this is true, then the Finger Lakes has a long “her-story” of misbehaving.