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This is literally a hall. Difficult to find because the doorway is a simple 19th century setting.
(It is directly across from Callahan's Pub... a distinctive structure on Main Street in Seneca Falls).
Once inside, you are greeted by a volunteer who cheerfully hands out pamphlets, gives a short spiel and answers simple questions. The walls of the hall are covered with framed documents about each of the famous U.S. women (from Katerina Tekiwitha to Hillary Clinton). There are tables with artifacts and momentos about these women. There are pamphlets with trivia about the foundation, the women elected to the hall and the election process.
At the far end of the hall is a small video-viewing room where you can watch various documentaries about the lives of the women and the people involved with the foundation.
Women who are interested in this type of venue can spend about an hour (my wife did). Men can zip through it in about ten minutes (please no feminist retorts.... it was just a little humor to lighten this discourse).
About 300 feet down the street is the Women's Rights Park and Pavillion. A few plaques and statues dedicated to remembering women's rights (or more accurately, dedicated to remembering when women were not given equal rights). An easy ten minute walk-thru.
Updated Jan 30, 2007
The Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge is at the north end of Cayuga Lake.
First the Algonquin Indians and later the Cayugas of the Iroquois Nation were the earliest known inhabitants to reap the rewards of the bountiful life in the marsh. The name "Montezuma" was first used in 1806 when Dr. Peter Clark named his hilltop home "Montezuma" after the palace of the Aztec Emperor Montezuma in Mexico City. Eventually the Marsh, the Village, and the Refuge all acquired the name.
Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge was established on September 12, 1938 as a refuge and breeding ground for migratory birds and other wildlife. The refuge provides resting, feeding, and nesting habitat for waterfowl and other migratory birds. Montezuma is situated in the middle of one of the most active flight lanes in the Atlantic Flyway.
The refuge manages wetlands and marshes that provide valuable resting and nesting areas to migrating waterfowl. In autumn, there are more than 100,000 mallards, over 25,000 black ducks , and more than 50,000 Canadian geese. About 1,200 ducks and geese are born here annually. Two groups of bald eagles nest on the refuge, as do osprey and several other endangered species. Large flocks of diving ducks, including scaup, ringnecks, canvasbacks and redheads, use the refuge impoundments until they freeze. Mammals often seen include white-tailed deer, rabbits, muskrats, and foxes.
In addition to providing wildlife habitat, the refuge also provides opportunities for people to observe wildlife. The refuge is open during daylight hours seven days a week. Facilities available to refuge visitors include a visitor's center (open 10-4, April - Nov), and observation tower, and several drives.
Written Jan 17, 2006
Address: 3395 Route 5/20 East
Seneca Falls has collected several independent communities in its growth to township status.
Some of these communities are:
Bridgeport... hamlet east of Seneca Falls on route 89
Halsey Corner... northeast of Seneca falls on route 20
Lehigh Valley Junction... village north of Seneca Falls
Nichols Corners... on route 318
Updated Sep 1, 2007
Seneca Falls rates in the top 20% of safe towns in New York State. The crime incidences are all well below average. There are only 10 sex offenders for 10000 people living in the area.
We follow the same safety procedures wherever we go, just to be sure.
Lock the car doors and put valuables in the locked trunk so that they are out of sight and not a temptation. We remember to use the latch-chain and the peep hole in the motel door. Most of the places we visit our touristy locations you would visit in the day and we are not much for the night life anymore so have few issues with night time dangers.
Seneca Falls presented no problems for us when we stayed there.
Written Apr 29, 2007