Women’s History Landmarks to Visit in Massachusetts

Celebrating Women’s History Month
(Photo Courtesy Boott Cotton Mills Museum)

Using Women’s History Month as your inspiration, visit these local historical sites in March to learn about some amazing Massachusetts women.

Boston Women’s History Trail  

Walk in the suffragists’ shoes. Begin at the Massachusetts State House. On this trail, law enforcement arrested and jailed suffragists in 1919. End at Boston Public Library in Copley Square, where suffragists studied, assembled, and planned. You’ll find sculptures of Lucy Stone and her daughter, Alice Stone Blackwell. You can also find numerous other self-guided tours. Purchase a self-guided tour pamphlet online.

Abigail Adams Historical Society

Learn more about this amazing first lady through the Abigail Adams Historical Society. Located in Weymouth, MA, Abigail Adams birth place opens for tours during limited hours, or private tours can be reserved.

Louisa May Alcott Orchard House

Unfortunately pandemic regulations forced the closure of the home, but the Virtual Tours feature living history portrayals of Louisa May Alcott. You can still visit the lovely grounds of the home in Concord, MA as well.

Lowell National Historical Park

Although the visitor center is currently closed for renovations, the Boott Cotton Mills Museum at Lowell National Historical Park is open daily. This site depicts life for mill girls during the early 20th century. The museum also tracks the history of suffrage activism in Lowell.

Redemption Rock Trail 

A modest-sized reservation with a momentous history, King Philip’s War hostage Mary White Rowlandson was released from captivity here in April 1676. Mary Rowlandson’s narrative details her experience. Many consider it to be an important historical work and one of America’s first “best sellers.”

Clara Barton Birthplace & Museum

This American treasure, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, preserves Clara Barton’s legacy of compassion. Guests can make an appointment to visit this museum.

Looking for books or resources to celebrate Women’s History Month with your kids? Check our list here.

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