Susan B. Anthony was born in Massachusetts ,but upstate New York and Rochester soon became her adopted hometown. As a civil and women’s rights activist during the women’s suffrage movement in the late 1800s, Anthony led the charge along with several other revolutionary women trying to get women the right to vote.
In 1872, she was arrested for voting in her hometown of Rochester. Susan B. (as the Rochester locals call her), was part of the Underground Railroad and lifelong friends with Frederick Douglass, a former slave and abolitionist. She traveled extensively (at a time when travel was not convenient) and gave about 100 speeches a year around the country promoting civil and equal rights.
Anthony’s home and museum in Rochester is the exact site where she was arrested for voting. It is where she headquartered the National American Woman Suffrage Association and where she died in 1906, 14 years before American women were given the right to vote. Families can explore the museum and home on your own or take a guided tour where you will learn about Anthony’s early years and the stories of the women’s suffrage movement, and see photos, books, furniture and clothing that belonged to Susan B. Young girls especially are sure to be inspired by Anthony’s story and will delight in seeing how she lived her daily life. Families could spend an hour or two touring both the museum and house.
11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Closed Mondays.
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After visiting where Susan B. Anthony made her home and life’s work, drive less than 10 minutes to her burial spot at Mount Hope Cemetery.
A small free parking lot is available.