“New Jersey in the Good Old Times”


Wooden Beam from the Valley Hotel

Tenafly, New Jersey

This floor joist is one of the few surviving pieces from the Valley Hotel, where Elizabeth Cady Stanton attempted to vote in 1880. Developers tore the building down in 2016.

Private Collection

“Women at the Polls in New Jersey in the Good Old Times”

Howard Pyle, Illustrator
Harpers’ Weekly
New York, New York
November 13, 1880
Hand-Colored Engraving

Just one week after Elizabeth Cady Stanton published her account of her attempt to vote in Tenafly, renowned illustrator Howard Pyle published this engraving in Harper’s Weekly. The image depicts women standing in line to cast their ballots in New Jersey in the Early Republic. Pyle, perhaps inspired by Stanton’s actions, appeared supportive of women voting, as did the article that accompanied the engraving. 

Collection of Ann Lewis and Mike Sponder