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National Shrine of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton


339 South Seton Avenue

Emmitsburg, MD 21727



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Discover the story of an extraordinary woman. Elizabeth Ann Seton knew first-hand what a difference a year or two can make. She went from being a loving wife and mother of a financially-comfortable family, to a destitute widow and single mother of five children in just two years. Despite these challenges, she thrived, and went on to become America's first native-born saint. Among her accomplishments are beginning the first free Catholic school for girls in the U.S. and founding the first new order of Sisters in the U.S. This order now includes thousands of Sisters and collaborators who serve the poor and marginalized throughout the world.

Plan a visit to the Shrine in Emmitsburg and take advantage of the following:

  • Hourly tours by guides. 
  • The awe-inspiring Basilica with stained glass windows, mosaics and marble, which serves as the final resting place of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton.
  • Two historic homes - a 1750s farmhouse called the Stone House, and the colonial-style White House built in 1810.
  • The Charity Afire Exhibit and the Shrine's own Civil War Tour. The Shrine's grounds are rich with Civil War history. Tour the grounds and learn how the war that divided our national came to Emmitsburg in late June 1863. The Daughters and Sisters of Charity played a prominent role during the Civil War, caring for soldiers on both sides. Visit the historic White House, which was the site of a Union encampment in 1863. During the encampment, Union officers conducted a war council to prepare for the Battle of Gettysburg. Read personal accounts of the Sisters, see artillery and bullet fragments, and view large panorama images and photos in the Charity Afire Civil War exhibit.
  • Museum featuring exhibits and artifacts from Mother Seton's life including and a 15-minute orientation video.
  • The Seton Legacy Garden with inspirational markers and a beautiful fountain.
  • The Seton Shrine Shop, which features the Seton Legacy Collection, a line of products inspired by artwork owned by Mother Seton.

For more information, visit or contact 301-447-6606. Or visit us on Facebook at www.facebook/elizabethannseton.


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