Seneca Falls, New York

    The Wesleyan Chapel was built in 1843.  The First Woman's Rights Convention was held here on July 19 and 20, 1848. The Wesleyan Chapel was not only known for the First Woman's Rights Convention, it was also a place for political rallies, antislavery activity, and free speech events. There were a lot of little issues that happened in order for this convention to happen here.  For example, the front door was locked on the first day of the convention.  The chapel is located in Seneca Falls, New York.  In 1871, the Wesleyan Methodist Church was sold to the congregation and extensively altered. It went through many different owners over the next 100 years, each of whom changed the building significantly. Only one of the five organizers was from Seneca Falls, and that was Elizabeth Cady Stanton.  Even though she was the only one from Seneca Falls, the Wesleyan Chapel was still well known to all of the other founders. 

   The site was purchased by the National Park Service in 1985, but the church was altered alot when it was purchased. It is now commemorated by the Women’s Rights National Historical Park.  Visitors can go and experience a part of history and see a unique display of the historic fabric of the original building. This building will forever be an important part of history because it was a place where women would come together and feel powerful. This is where the idea that women should vote was first proposed. This was a place for not only women to find their voice and use it to make a change, but also anyone who had a voice and believed they could make a change.  It is where the people would go and raise their voices that have been silenced for so long.  The chapel is the birthplace for the Women’s Rights Movement. 

Ugc. “Birthplace of the Women's Rights Movement.” Atlas Obscura, Atlas Obscura, 25 Oct. 2016, 

“Wesleyan Chapel.” National Parks Service, U.S. Department of the Interior, 


Latitude: 42.910621900000
Longitude: -76.796621500000