“Votes for Women; Women’s History Month Specialty Tour” is offered by Morven Park on Saturdays and Sundays in March during our 1:00 p.m. tour hour and focuses on the history of the women’s suffrage movement as it played out in America from 1848-1920.
Tickets: $10 per adult and $5 per child (ages 6-12). Children 5 and under are FREE.
100 years ago this year, as a result of tireless advocacy and non-violent protests, the 19th Amendment was ratified and made law. The centennial of this landmark amendment and the legacy of suffrage in Virginia was something that Morven Park staff wanted to highlight, given that Morven Park is the home of Westmoreland Davis, Virginia’s Governor who served during the 19th amendment’s passing in congress and ratification into law.*
This month’s tour aims to honor the suffragists’ efforts and remember what it took to gain voting rights amidst fierce opposition. We also look to the local impact that suffrage had and how we can continue to advocate for all voices to be heard today. Our highly trained staff will be sharing information about the early progress of the suffrage movement in the mid-1800s, they will explore the movement as it impacted Virginia and the political landscape that Governor Westmoreland Davis stepped in to in 1918, and will engage visitors about the legacy of suffrage and how women have lent their vote and their voice to other movements since 1920. The tour focuses on several key figures in the suffrage movement, including Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Alice Paul, Lucy Burns, and Susan B. Anthony. We will also discuss Governor Westmoreland and First Lady Marguerite Davis and their likely opinions of the movement.
*Note that Virginia abided by the federal amendment, but did NOT officially ratify the 19th Amendment in the Virginia legislature until 1952, and other state legislatures waited until the 1980s!
Skip the line and purchase advanced tickets online! Please be sure to bring proof of purchase (on your phone or printed) for entry. Please note, no refunds will be issued for no shows, late arrivals, or any other reason. Walk-ins are also welcome.
Interested in a group tour? Email GroupTours@MorvenPark.org