Log Erie Canal Seneca Falls, NY September 12-13, 2005
detour 8 miles south of the Erie Canal,
Seneca Falls is the birthplace of the Women’s’ Movement.
This mill town is where
Elizabeth Cady Stanton lived. When journalist Alice Bloomer (originator of
Stanton to Rochester native Susan B. Anthony, the Women’s’
Movement began in earnest.
Rana has always felt
a connection to S.B. Anthony since they have the same birthday. Therefore,
she was quite interested to explore the history that transpired in Seneca
Falls. In 1848, the National Conference for Women’s Rights took place in Wellesley
Chapel. It was attended by notable rights activists including
Fredrick Douglas. Years later, the Equal Rights Amendment
was proposed in
Seneca Falls in 1923.
Flats of Seneca Falls was also an industrial center
manufacturing, boilers, pumps and fire engines. Steel was imported from Pittsburgh
and Erie, Pennsylvania. In addition, there was a thriving woolens mill here.
The heavy industry failed years ago and the woolen mill was shut down more
recently. The ribbon cutting ceremony is being held this week to convert the
Mill to a tourist center and condo development. Seneca Falls was the inspiration
for Frank Capra’s film “It’s a Wonderful Life”.
Café is named in honor of the girl that grew up
here and played the character of that name.
Spry for his age of 93,
barber Tommy Bellisima requested a kiss for his photo,
and then told the tale of cutting Frank Capra’s hair when he visited the town.
Lighthouse photos through out our site are
of ones we passed and relied on for safe navigation.
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