Susan B Anthony was an American social reformer and women’s rights activist who gained fame across the country for her work in the women’s suffrage movement. The early years of her life, however, were spent right here in the Berkshires. Learn all about those years and the legacy they produced with a visit to the Susan B Anthony Birthplace Museum in Adams, MA.
Susan B Anthony was born to an activist Quaker couple in Adams, Massachusetts in 1820. While her family moved from Adams when Anthony was just seven years old, she returned to the Berkshires several times throughout her life.
Anthony was an advocate for temperance and anti-slavery but is most well known for her work on women’s rights.
Frustrated by the restrictions placed on her because of her gender, Anthony helped found the National Woman’s Suffrage Association in 1869. She was arrested and fined for voting in the 1872 presidential election and became the National Woman’s Suffrage Association’s president in 1892. Anthony passed away in 1906, some 13 years before women received the right to vote.
While all of these milestones passed after she lived in the Berkshires, the seeds of what her life became can be found at the Susan B. Anthony Birthplace Museum.
Visiting the Susan B Anthony Birthplace Museum
The Susan B Anthony Birthplace Museum is located at 67 East Road in Adams, MA.
The 1817 house is a two and-a-half story, Federal-style, colonial home with a center hall and twin chimneys. A 1 and-a-half story ell with a porch was added to the house in the 1950s. The house stayed in the Anthony family until 1895, then went through various owners before being acquired for the museum in 1926.
Exhibits at the Museum highlight the influences that shaped Anthony’s early life. You’ll learn about the family’s daily life, their Quaker background, and life in the early 19th century.
Rooms open to the public include the kitchen, portrait gallery, Daniel Anthony’s store, and the Legacy Room. You’ll even see the birthing room, where Susan B Anthony and four of her siblings were born.
Each room depicts different aspects of and influences on Anthony’s life. The Legacy Room most clearly outlines this, with a visual timeline of Anthony’s life, from 1820 to 1906. Daniel Anthony’s store, is also fascinating. It was run out of the family home and has been recreated to look as it might have in 1817.
The Susan B Anthony Birthplace Museum is a pleasant 45 minutes from our Berkshires bed and breakfast in Lee, MA. It’s not the only attraction worth your time in the area, either. Not by a long shot. In fact, there are enough fun things to see and do in Adams and North Adams that you could easily make a day-trip out of your visit.
When in Adams, you’re right near Mount Greylock, the highest point in the state, yet a with a summit you can drive to. Other attractions in the area include Natural Bridge State Park, Berkshire Art Museum, and MASS MoCA. Your drive will also take you past many other popular Berkshires attractions.
Let us know what kinds of activities you enjoy and we’ll help you to plan out your day. Nothing makes us happier here at Applegate Inn than sharing the lovely Berkshires with our guests!