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Emmitsburg

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Emmitsburg was founded in 1785 and is in Frederick County, Maryland, United States, just south of the Mason-Dixon line separating Maryland from Pennsylvania.The population as of the 2010 U.S Census was 2,814. It is the home of Mount St. Mary's University. The National Emergency Training Center, National Fallen Firefighters Memorial and Emergency Management Institute are also located in Emmitsburg on the former campus of St. Joseph's College. The town is also a Catholic pilgrimage site. It is the location of the Basilica and National Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, the first U.S. born saint, and where the saint's relics are entombed. The current mayor of Emmitsburg is Don Briggs. The current commissioners are Glenn Blanchard, Jennifer Mellor, Tim O'Donnell, Joseph Ritz III and Cliff Sweeney.HistoryEmmitsburg was named for its founder, William Emmit in 1785. However, settlement preceded the town, particularly since British authorities restricted colonists' expansion during and after the French and Indian War.The Tom's Creek Methodist Church was founded in 1757 for the benefit of settlers in the area (including William Emmit's father Samuel Emmit) as well as travelers. In the same year, Lutherans led by pastor George Bager built a church, which they shared with a German Reformed congregation until 1798 (and for a briefer time with a Presbyterian congregation). After the American Revolutionary War, Catholic missionary Rev. Jean Dubois established a mission church, and then seminary at Emmitsburg. Later Elizabeth Seton established a convent, with a school and hospital. Soon, the number of Methodists in Emmitsburg led to the formation of a circuit around town, rather than share a minister with Gettysburg, Pennsylvania,
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