March is Women’s History Month, and while it’s great to read about notable women who have shaped our country’s history, why not take a trip to some of the key landmarks that played a role in making America what it is today? Here are a few important places worth visiting:
Seneca Falls, New York
Seneca Falls was instrumental in the women’s rights movement, as it was the home of the first women’s rights convention. Today, you can go and visit the National Women’s Hall of Fame, which honors bold women like Elizabeth Cady Stanton, who fought for women’s equality. Seneca Falls is also home to the Women’s Rights National Historic Park.
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Santa Fe, New Mexico
Head about 50 miles northwest of Santa Fe and you’ll reach Abiquiu. It’s a place you may not have heard of before, but there you’ll find the home and studio of artist
Silver Spring, Maryland
This is where famed biologist and author Rachel Carson wrote her groundbreaking book Silent Spring, which shaped the environmental conservation movement.
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Auburn, New York
Auburn is where you’ll find the Harriet Tubman Home for the Aged, which is a museum that pays tribute to Tubman’s brave and inspirational work. Her Home for the Aged was her last major project before she passed away.
De Smet, South Dakota
Laura Ingalls Wilder set many of her beloved Little House on the Prairie books here, and if you visit De Smet you can check out two of the family’s homes, the cemetery where the family is buried, the cottonwood trees that are written about in the books, as well as a replica of Laura’s school.
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Rochester, New York
Rochester is home to the Susan B. Anthony House, which is a National Historic Landmark. This residence was both the home and the headquarters of Susan B. Anthony, who worked tirelessly to get women the right to vote. Anthony was once arrested in the house after it was discovered that she had voted in the presidential election. At the time, this was illegal.
How will you be celebrating Women’s History Month? Share with us in the comments!
Lauren Levine is a freelance writer who has contributed to publications and websites including The Huffington Post, Hello Giggles, Bustle, Thought Catalog, The Charlotte Observer, U.S. News & World Report, and others. She’s also the co-host of The Margarita Confessionals podcast. Say hi on Twitter, @lifewithlauren1.