Over two hundred years ago today, on a small family farm in West Brookfield, Massachusetts, a child was born who would become a force for change across the United States. Lucy Stone grew up to become a prominent speaker for the rights of women and against slavery and helped organize the first National Women’s Rights Convention (in Worcester). Stone was the first woman from Massachusetts to earn a college degree and kept her birth name after marriage, a practice unheard of at the time. The site of her family’s farmhouse is one of the special places Trustees care for, as part of Rock House Reservation. Earlier this summer, as part of the celebration of the centennial of suffrage for white women, WGBH included The Lucy Stone Home Site as part of their round-up of Massachusetts’ suffragette sites. You can read about this special place and more here.
Watch a wonderful performance about Lucy Stone that gives an idea of her words as they might have sounded in any meeting house in the state.
Take a deep dive into Lucy Stone and her ideas through this performance by actress Judith Kalaora
And when you plan a visit to Rock House Reservation, be sure to include a quick trip down the road to see the farmhouse site. Visit the West Brookfield Historical Society for more information about the town and her connection to it.