Rev. Michael Barnett, representing women’s rights activist Margaret Fuller for the New York Cultural Heritage Tourism Network’s 100th Anniversary of Women’s Right to Vote in NYS 2017 Committee, collaborated with Elizabeth Evans, Assistant to the Mayor, and Robert Murphy, President of the Beacon Historical Society, to provide the primary source documentation.
Margaret Fuller, the first woman reporter hired for Horace Greeley’s New York Tribune, spent seven weeks in Fishkill Landing (now part of Beacon) in fall 1844 revising her Transcendental Dial article “The Great Lawsuit” into the first American feminist book, Woman in the Nineteenth Century.
The marker is expected to be installed at the original site of the Van Vliet boardinghouse where Margaret Fuller wrote her book. It is currently the location of the Beacon Chamber of Commerce’s Visitors Center.
Fishkill Landing is one of four sites in New York State associated with Margaret Fuller from 1844 to 1850, including the Greeley Farm at 49th Street and Lexington Avenue on Turtle Bay where she lived with the Greeleys, and 30 Ann Street in Lower Manhattan where the New York Tribune office was located. A marker at Point O’ Woods, Fire Island remembered the drowning of Fuller and her family on the Elizabeth on July 19, 1850 while returning from Italy to America. It was washed into the sea during a 1913 storm.
Photo: Margaret Fuller in New York City in 1846.