Women's History

Courtesy of Jackson County Genealogical Society

  This week is the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th amendment of the U.S. Constitution that guaranteed women the right to vote. It was another year before it was ratified by the majority of states.

It took another 10 years for the first woman to be elected to the NC Senate - she was from Jackson County.

Photo by Karen Lawrence

The first women’s history trail in North Carolina is open in Franklin.


Nine sites are located on the trail in about a half mile radius downtown around square. They highlight early entrepreneurial women of the 19th century who worked running the town store, a millinery and as mica workers to name just a few.