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Seneca Falls in Seneca County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Wesleyan Methodist Chapel

 
 
Wesleyan Methodist Chapel Marker image. Click for full size.
By Yugoboy, February 21, 2013
1. Wesleyan Methodist Chapel Marker
Inscription. Since its construction in 1843, the Wesleyan Methodist Chapel has accommodated a remarkable variety of uses. Built to house the religious services of the abolitionist Wesleyan Methodists, the Chapel was routinely opened for meetings of anti-slavery, temperance, and other reform groups. The most significant of these meetings was the first women’s rights convention, held July 19 and 20, 1848, an event which began the women’s rights movements that continue today.

When the Wesleyans moved to a new church in 1872, no one thought to preserve the site of this historic convention. Subsequent owners raised the roof, built multiple additions to the front and rear, and remodeled the interior many times. Over the years, the Chapel housed stores, a public hall, an opera house, a movie theater, and several car dealerships. In 1961, it became home to the Seneca Falls Laundromat.

When the National Park Service acquired it in 1985, all that remained of the original Chapel were portions of the two side walls and roof. Research produced only scattered evidence of the Chapel's original appearance, making an accurate historic restoration impossible. ."

In 1987, the Park Service held a national competition to select a design for the site that both preserved the remains of the Chapel and appropriately recognized its historic and
Wesleyan Methodist Chapel Marker as seen facing east image. Click for full size.
By Yugoboy, February 21, 2013
2. Wesleyan Methodist Chapel Marker as seen facing east
symbolic importance. The winning entry removed all post-1848 additions, lowered the roof to its original height, and redesigned the grounds of the Chapel to highlight the Declaration of Sentiments approved at the convention. The Chapel and grounds were dedicated in 1993, reflecting the community's and the nation'a commitment to preserving our vital historic heritage. The National Park Service continues to strive to find the best ways to preserve the site, to assist visitors in interpreting it, end to help the public understand the significance of the 1848 Convention held here.
 
Erected by Department of the Interior.
 
Location. 42° 54.629′ N, 76° 47.961′ W. Marker is in Seneca Falls, New York, in Seneca County. Marker is on Fall Street just west of Water Street, on the right. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Seneca Falls NY 13148, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Historic Business District (here, next to this marker); First Convention For Woman’s Rights (within shouting distance of this marker); First Woman’s Rights Convention (within shouting distance of this marker); A Courageous Call for Equal Rights
Wesleyan Methodist Chapel Marker as seen facing west image. Click for full size.
By Yugoboy, February 21, 2013
3. Wesleyan Methodist Chapel Marker as seen facing west
(within shouting distance of this marker); The Great Lighthouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Women's Rights National Park (within shouting distance of this marker); The Village of Seneca Falls (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named The Village of Seneca Falls (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Seneca Falls.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 14, 2013, by Yugoboy of Rochester, New York. This page has been viewed 308 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on May 14, 2013, by Yugoboy of Rochester, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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