This national historical park in Seneca Falls, New York, includes several properties connected to the women’s suffrage movement, including the Stanton, M’Clintock, and Hunt houses as well as Wesleyan Methodist Church, the location of the first women’s rights convention. The Seneca Falls Convention, attended by 300 women and men, was held July 19-20, 1848 and concluded with the adoption of the Declaration of Sentiments. Visitors to the park may enjoy ranger-led tours and exhibits in the park’s visitor center.
Archaeological Fun Fact: In 2011 geophysical survey and a series of test excavations at the Elizabeth Cady Stanton house provided archaeologists with a better understanding of the landscape and location of outbuildings as they were when the Stantons lived there.
Park website: www.nps.gov/wori/
Fort Raleigh National Historic Site in North Carolina preserves the remains of Roanoke, the first English settlement in North America. Settled in 1587, the colonists all disappeared before the next supply ship arrived in 1590 and their fate remains a mystery to this day. The island was occupied in 1862 by the Union army and a self-sustaining freedmen’s colony for slave refugees was set up. By 1864 the population grew to 2,200 residents. Today, park visitors can watch Paul Green’s outdoor symphonic drama The Lost Colony.
Archaeological Fun Fact: Roanoke Island was featured on the first episode of Time Team America, a PBS show that featured archaeologists given three days to make sense of an archaeological site. View the episode here.
Park website: www.nps.gov/fora/
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