President Barack Obama's trip across upstate New York Thursday included a slight detour to Seneca Falls.
The presidential motorcade, headed across the state Thruway en route to a speech in Syracuse at Henninger High School, exited at Geneva and traveled to downwown Seneca Falls and the Women's Rights National Historical Park.
According to White House press pool reports, Obama spoke briefly in front of a copy of the speech he gave when upon signing Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. His stop in Seneca Falls came ahead of Women's Equality Day next Monday.
Obama said he was "very proud" to visit Seneca Falls. Among those to meet him were historical park superintendent Ami Ghazala, historian Anne Derousie and Vivien Rose, chief of cultural resources.
The stop lasted about 45 minutes. Large crowds filled the sidewalks around the park. Traffic was blocked off from Seneca Falls during the stop. Westbound travelers were stopped on Routes 5 and 20 at the Montezuma Winery.