The Finger Lakes region has a long, storied history dating back more than 10,000 years prior to European arrival when the region was home to the Haudenosaunee, a group of Native American tribes known to the English as the Five Nations and to the French as the Iroquois Confederation and their democratic practices and matriarchal society helped shape contemporary society including the women’s rights and abolition movements that started in the 1800’s.
Points of Interest
After approximately 13 trips south, rescuing 70 enslaved persons, the "Woman called Moses" settled in Auburn. Come and experience the indomitable spirit of Harriet Tubman.
Discover the stories of more than 300 women who have helped shape the nation at the National Women’s Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls. You’ll learn about their pioneering discoveries in arts, athletics, business, education, government, humanities, philanthropy, and science.
Visit the only New York State Historic Site dedicated to Native American theme and the only Seneca town developed and interpreted in the United States. Spanning 569 acres, Ganondagan is the original site of a 17th century Seneca town that existed there peacefully more than 350 years ago. Culture, art, agriculture and government of the Seneca people influenced our modern understanding of equality, democratic government, women’s rights, ecology and natural foods.