The National Shrine of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, Emmitsburg

#19 of 82 in Museums in Maryland
The National Shrine of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton is located in historic Emmitsburg, MD, a small town in the foothills of the beautiful Catoctin Mountain, part of the Blue Ridge Mountain chain.

This was the home of Mother Seton from 1809 until her death in 1821. Her remains are entombed here in the Basilica that bears her name. Pilgrims come here throughout the year to learn about her life, discover the depths of her faithfulness, and to walk meditatively in her footsteps.
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  • My wife is Catholic and I love history. The first American saint, Elizabeth Ann Seton is entombed here. The school buildings she lived and taught girls in are on the site. There is a small museum and ...  more »
  • This Shrine and the surrounding property are a wonderful tribute to a truly exceptional woman. I moved out west 10 years ago, but I still look forward to revisiting these grounds when I return for fam...  more »
  • Just a gorgeous sight. So much history and beauty. Spiritually enlightening. Bring your whole family to the beautiful shrine.  more »
  • Everyone’s so nice and helpful. We were so especially thankful for the lady who was in-charge of visitors inside the basilica. We asked her for a cafeteria around the vicinity, because we were too hungry at that time, she gave us a good place to eat and even gave us one of her discount coupons.
  • What a beautiful awesome place to visit and reflect. There was a large amount of history here. The basilica was so beautiful! The museum, theatre and gift shop were great to see. Great facilities and air conditioning. The outside grounds are so pretty too.
  • A beautiful place, especially for Catholics. Elizabeth Seton's life was beautifully lived and she has so much to teach us and she inspired me. She is a very real person--a widow with 5 children. If someone in her state can rise to such sanctity-- can't we all? Pray for us, Mother Seton!
  • Great experiece. The walk with the dead event it's highly reommended for belivers and not as well.
  • Excellent museum . Beautiful church , totally worth a visit , can spend 2-3 hours having a good tour in this

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