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/
Morristown National Historical Park consists of four sites connected to the Revolutionary War: Jockey Hollow, the New Jersey Brigade Area, Ford Mansion, and Fort Nonsense. Fort Nonsense was built under George Washington’s orders in 1777 but never saw any military action. The Continental Army set up encampments for the winter of 1779-80 at Jockey Hollow and the New Jersey Brigade Area, with Washington at the nearby Ford Mansion. The winter that Washington and his men spent at Morristown remains the coldest on record for New Jersey to this day.
Archaeological Fun Fact: While many of the encampment sites were disturbed by agricultural activity and infrastructure development after 1780, the brigade site of the Second Connecticut was found intact and almost entirely undisturbed since its abandonment—painting a clearer picture of what life was like for enlisted men spending the winter at Morristown.
Park website: www.nps.gov/morr/