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National Shrine of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton

Awe-inspiring, jubilant, peaceful, abundantly rich with history, miraculous...a visit to The National Shrine of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton inspires all who visit. The Shrine is a religious and historic site honoring the life of the first U.S. native-born saint. Elizabeth Ann Seton was a wife, mother, widow, sole parent, convert, foundress, educator, social minister, and spiritual leader. In 1809 in Emmitsburg, she founded the Sisters of Charity of St. Joseph's and in 1810 began Saint Joseph's Academy and Free School for girls, the precursor of the American parochial school system. The legacy that she left includes 12 religious congregations with thousands of religious Sisters and collaborators who serve people living in poverty.

A Visit to the Shrine includes:

  • Guided hourly tours of the Basilica and grounds by informative Seton Way guides. 
  • The majestic Basilica of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton with beautiful stained glass windows, mosaics and marble, is the burial site of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton.
  • Two historic buildings used by the community in its earliest days, including a 1750s farmhouse and Colonial-style White House built in 1810.
  • The Charity Afire Exhibit and Miracles Amid the Firestorm, Civil War tour. The Shrine's grounds are rich with Civil War history. Tour the grounds with a living historiam 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 as nurses and aid workers for soldiers on both sides. Visit the historic White House, which was the site of a Union encampment in 1863 and was where 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 from the war 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 beautiful fountain
  • The Seton Heritage Shoppe, a religious gift shop featuring the Seton Legacy Collection, a line of products inspired by artwork owned by Mother Seton.

At The National Shrine of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton let the footsteps of the past create an understanding of today's journey. For more information visit or contact 301-447-6606. Or visit us on Facebook at www.facebook/elizabethannseton.

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This facility is handicapped accessible.

Contact Information
Address: 339 South Seton Avenue
Emmitsburg, MD 21727
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Phone: 301-447-6606
Phone (Alt): 301-447-7172
Fax: 301-447-6061
Sunday through Saturday Closed all major holidays 10:00 am - 4:30 pm