Rochester in Monroe County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Susan B. Anthony House
Headquarters of the Suﬀrage Movement
Susan B. Anthony lived in this house for the forty most active years of her life. This house was the site of her famous arrest for voting in 1872 and her death in 1906. It served as the headquarters for the National Woman Suffrage Association and the Rochester Political Equality Club.
Anthony founded the National Woman Suffrage Association and campaigned to amend the U.S. Constitution to secure women's right to vote.
Anthony spoke, organized, petitioned, and faced physical danger in the campaign to end slavery in the United States, often joining her lifelong friend, Frederick Douglass.
Anthony called for equal educational opportunities for all and pressed schools, colleges, and universities to open their doors to women and former slaves.
Anthony published The Revolution, a women's rights newspaper that promoted unions for women workers and equal pay for equal work.
Arrested for Voting!
Come into the front parlor where I was arrested by a U.S. Marshal for voting in the 1872 presidential election. I voted because I believed women had that right under the 14th amendment.
Susan B. Anthony Timeline
2004 The first major exterior and interior renovation of the house begins.
1977 Susan B. Anthony Preservation District created on the National Register of Historic Places.
1966 House designated a National Landmark.
1945 House purchased by a group of Rochester women and incorporated as the Susan B. Anthony Memorial.
1920 Fourteen years after Anthony's death, the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution finally grants women the right to vote.
1906 Anthony dies at her Madison Street home on March 13, at age 86.
1895 Anthony creates a full third floor on her home to serve as a workroom for writing the history of the suffrage movement and her biography.
1972 Anthony is arrested in this house for voting; in 1873 she stands trial in Canandaigua, is found guilty and refuses to pay fine.
1866 Anthony moves to Madison Street with her mother and sister, Mary.
1845 Anthony family moves by packet boat on the Erie Canal to a farm near Rochester
1820 Susan B. Anthony is born in Adams, Massachusetts
Erected by Seaway Trail Inc.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Great Lakes Seaway Trail National Scenic Byway, and the National Historic Landmarks marker series.
Location. 43° 9.193′ N, 77° 37.672′ W. Marker is in Rochester, New York Touch for map. The marker illustrated here is a recent installation. There used to be one of New York's blue and yellow signs out front, but for whatever reason they told me theirs is in the basement. When I stopped by to take the pictures, the women workers were outside and we got to talking. Along with the New York Education Department marker in the basement, there's another item that was donated to them - a dedicatory plaque from the city parks department. The donation came with no indication of its provenance. The House has no idea where it came from originally, and a stop at the Library's local history research center turned up nothing. If/when the mystery is solved, I'll update this page, until then, pictures of the second marker (located behind the house) are also below. Marker is at or near this postal address: 17-19 Madison Street, Rochester NY 14608, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Transformation of a Neighborhood (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Site of Rochester City Hospital (about 400 feet away); D. Matthew Brown, Jr. (about 800 feet away); Susan B. Anthony Voted Here (approx. 0.2 miles away); Crossroads of Transportation Morrie E. Silver (approx. half a mile away); St. Mary's Hospital (approx. half a mile away); Ely House - 1837 (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Rochester.
More about this marker. The marker is located between 17 & 19 Madison. 17 is the actual Susan B. Anthony House (which was actually owned by her sister Mary, as Susan was not home enough at her busiest to keep up with the demands of home ownership). 19 Madison is the Visitors Center and gift shop, as well as a nicely curated, but small, museum space.
Regarding Susan B. Anthony House. The Susan B. Anthony House was recently officially designated a Museum, so the new official name is the Susan B. Anthony House and Museum. The women who work here as docents and guides are very friendly and welcoming to visitors. The home is still undergoing renovations, but they are doing it a room at a time so that the house can still be toured.
The location of the 1872 polling place is nearby and marked with a brass replica ballot box. Marker and monument shown and described on this marker:
Also see . . .
1. Susan B. Anthony Museum and House website. (Submitted on August 11, 2012, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.)
2. Susan B. Anthony House - Wikipedia. Designated a U.S. National Historic Landmark on June 23, 1965. (Submitted on December 8, 2014, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.)
Categories. • Abolition & Underground RR • Charity & Public Work • Civil Rights • Education • Politics • Women •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 9, 2012, by Yugoboy of Rochester, New York. This page has been viewed 667 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on August 9, 2012, by Yugoboy of Rochester, New York. 4, 5. submitted on August 11, 2012. 6, 7, 8, 9, 10. submitted on August 9, 2012, by Yugoboy of Rochester, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.