Ruhl Cottage in Mountain Lake Park, Maryland, is more than an opulent symbol of Victorian summer living in the Appalachian Mountains. The original owner was discovered to be an influential force in passing the 19th Amendment granting American women the right to vote. After 127 years since Julia Slocum Walker Ruhl first enjoyed her new cottage, her legacy has been acknowledged by the William G. Pomeroy Foundation and Maryland Women’s Heritage Center. A roadside marker bearing her name and contribution to the “Votes For Women Trail” was unveiled with pomp and circumstance at the 2022 Victorian Chautauqua Festival.
Julia Ruhl Roadside Marker from Mark Stutzman on Vimeo.