There are several buildings and monuments that stand just south of the Basilica that were important to St Elizabeth and the community she founded. The Stone House was the first home for St Elizabeth in the St Joseph's Valley. The house was originally built about 1750, but at the time Mother Seton and the 16 others that lived with her for the first...more
Named St Joseph House by Mother Seton, the White House was originally located east of the large brick chapel you can see over on the neighboring National Emergency Training Center grounds - then the chapel for St Joseph's College. The White House, originally built in 1809-10, became the new home for the Sisters of Charity with sleeping quarters on...more
The cemetery site was chosen in August 1809 with Harriet Seton being the first to be interred at the young age of 22. Mother Seton was buried next to her relatives under a large oak tree on Jan 4, 1821 - the tree was removed after a lightning strike in 1984 and another has taken its place. A stone marker marks her original grave site. Her sons gave...more
Located near the Maryland-Pennsylvania border, Emmitsburg still maintains some of the quiet, rural life it knew at the time it experienced part of the Confederate invasion during the Civil War. Though small and remote, nevertheless, this town served an important role in the religious history of this nation. A number of French clergy found a new...more
In honor of Mother Seton and her dedication to the Sisters of Saint Joseph, a shrine and basilica are here for public view.The grounds are open to all for free (donations are gladly accepted). There are paths to walk and contemplate nature; there is a museum with artificats and information from the history of Elizabeth Seton and the Sisters of...more
This is a walkway with the names of deceased firemen and firewomen who have died in the line of duty. The names are on plaques and inlayed in stepping stones. There is a stone pylon with a dedication to all the firefighters in the nation.This is about a half-hour tourist stop.Visit the Seton Chapel and walk the Seton grounds when you are done with...more
Next to the Grotto you can find the small stone Corpus Christi Chapel that was built in 1905. Next to this is the first statue erected of St Elizabeth Ann Seton. Here, in the small natural amphitheater discovered by Rev John DuBois, Mother Seton used to come and pray and teach the catechism to her students in this rustic setting.more
Standing 95 feet high, the campanile was erected on the site of the original St Mary's Church. Topped with a glorious gold-leafed 25 feet high statue of the Virgin Mary that can be seen for miles around, the tower was erected in 1965. The Virgin seems to be rising from the forest above Mount St Mary's University below.more
I have no idea how many replicas of the French original there are in the World - probably easy enough to google though, I imagine. This is the second I have visited, the other being in ArgentinaL%*. The grotto is built near the site of the old original St Mary's church where St Elizabeth Ann Seton used to worship. Originally, the grotto was...more
Mother Seton's Sisters of Charity had been renamed the Daughters of Charity after 1850. They were prominent in providing nursing and compassionate work to those affected by the horrible fighting at nearby Gettysburg. The sad story of Union Maj. Gen. John Reynolds and his fiance Catherine (Kate) Hewitt is told on one of the Civil War Traveler...more
As the Gettysburg Campaign was beginning to come to a crescendo, it looked like a big battle might take place in or around Emmittsburg with some 80000 Union troops making their way through the town. One Corps commander set up headquarters in the Stone House temporarily. As the Union troops concentrated the Sisters prayed that their community would...more
The Basilica here was built to honor St Elizabeth Ann Seton, the first American saint - so proclaimed in 1974. The Basilica is the centerpiece of the National Shrine. Here is where the mortal remains of Mother Seton have been removed to after her canonization, lying beneath the altar in the Seton Shrine Chapel. A statue of St Elizabeth stands...more
501 Silo Hill Pkwy, Emmitsburg, MD 21727
Good for: Families
Emmitsburg ranks at less than half the risk of crime for an average town of similar size in the U.S. There are only 2 registered sex offenders for the whole area.
Just use common sense and do safety things you would do in your own hometown.
Lock doors; go to unfamiliar places in groups; ask the motel staff if there are any places to avoid if you plan to party late at night. Act like you belong in town (instead of like a tourist) and you will be less likely to be targeted for any crime.
Have a nice and safe time in your visit to Emmitsburg.
At the end of West Main Street is a 2500 sq-ft park with a bronze statue of the doughboys that fought in World War I. The grass was cut but dried out but other than that the statue was in good condition.