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National Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton

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If you are Catholic, this is a must do. If not, you'd might like the history and magnificence of it... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Salvatore F
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Piscataway, New Jersey
A Civil War Stop along the Hallowed Ground Trail

If you are interested in deepening your perspective about the Civil War through the filter of the... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
PaleoGypsy
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Reading, Pennsylvania
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Historic site that's the home of the first American-born saint, Elizabeth Ann Seton.
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Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
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339 S Seton Ave, Emmitsburg, MD 21727-9226
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you are Catholic, this is a must do. If not, you'd might like the history and magnificence of it all. Good gift shop for you or your devout friends and family. Tour guide was very nice. But do call ahead: they don't do regular...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you are interested in deepening your perspective about the Civil War through the filter of the contributions of Elizabeth Ann Seton and the Sisters, stop in. The grounds are impeccably maintained and are rich in historical architecture and a cemetery. There is a museum...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed December 11, 2018 via mobile

I visited the Shrine for their Illiminary event and had my first tour of the stone house. I have been several times and brought many people from different parts of the USA because this place is amazing any time of year. The tour guides for...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed November 21, 2018 via mobile

Spent a pleasant and respectful two hours at the Basilica and Shrine of St. Elizabeth Seton, America’s first born saint. Educational and well worth stopping. Will be back.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Fedvet
Reviewed August 29, 2018

I've spent years of my life driving up and down Route 15 through Emmitsburg and (embarrassingly) had no idea this was here until recently. We had family in from out of town and were meandering through town on the way to the Grotto when we...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Christine H
Helen J, Manager at National Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, responded to this reviewResponded September 10, 2018

Dear Christine H, I'm so happy you came across our site! And thank you for the review. It's helpful, because it lets me know that we still have work to do in making people more aware of our site. I'm glad you enjoyed your visit....More

Reviewed August 28, 2018

Excellent, economical (free) attraction features a small museum devoted to St. Seton and a beautiful basilica with impressive art including marble floors. Scavenger hunt-style activity available for children. Small gift shop. Well-tended grounds include outdoor Stations of the Cross. We visited on the day of...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Kim H
Helen J, Manager at National Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, responded to this reviewResponded September 10, 2018

Dear Kim H, Thank you for making time to provide a review. We're glad you had a chance to visit...and what a perfect day you picked! I'm so glad you enjoyed your visit. We look forward to having you come back!

Reviewed August 5, 2018 via mobile

Went out for a morning walk because my husband and son are still sleeping at the hotel and found this amazing place. Beautiful landscaped lawns and well kept historic buildings and graveyard. Very amazing place!More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank kbqhills
Helen J, Manager at National Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, responded to this reviewResponded September 10, 2018

Dear kbqhills, I'm so glad you discovered our site! Many enjoy walking our peaceful grounds. If you come back to the area in the future, consider taking one of our tours. In April - December, they're offered every day of the week. During January -...More

Reviewed July 3, 2018

You don't have to be a Catholic to have an interest or appreciation for the Shrine. All are welcome here. The grounds are lovely and the history of the area is quite unique. If you are interested in history it is nice to learn about...More

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank 570maryellen
Helen J, Manager at National Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, responded to this reviewResponded September 10, 2018

Dear 570maryellen, I'm sorry for the time it's taken me to respond to your review, but I wanted to respond because I appreciate all of the detail you mentioned. You were so thorough, and I think you covered just about every aspect of our site....More

Reviewed June 19, 2018

We went there to take the Civil War Tour. It was outstanding. The young woman who conducted the tour did an excellent job. We went back a second time to take the Shrine Tour and that was very interesting. The Church is absolutely beautiful. St....More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Mickey1864
Helen J, Manager at National Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, responded to this reviewResponded September 10, 2018

Dear Mickey1864, I apologize for the delay in responding to your review, but please know we're so glad you enjoyed both of the tours. Our Civil War tour is only offered during the summer, so you visited at the right time! Thank you for visiting...More

Reviewed May 19, 2018

The landscape outside and the decor inside is just breathtaking. One dear lady's consistent selfless service to others lives on in memory nearly 2 centuries after she was called home to her Lord.More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank RabbiGary
Helen J, Manager at National Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, responded to this reviewResponded July 27, 2018

Dear RabbiGary, I'm sorry for the time it took to respond to your review, but thanks so much for providing one. Its sounds like you were really touched by her story. Our mission is to share Elizabeth Ann Seton's as a source of inspiration and...More

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Hyun Y
August 22, 2018|
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Response from RabbiGary | Reviewed this property |
The Carriage House Inn is a fabulous restaurant. I wish I could remember what I had or what my wife had when we were there last year. But I recall we both loved it. I also recall they had great desserts. I'd be shocked... More
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Isabella A
July 15, 2016|
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Response from Helen J | Property representative |
Hello, I can confirm that dogs are definitely allowed. Others are right in that the Shrine is not equipped with conveniences like you might find at a dog park, so all that's asked is that you come prepared to clean up after... More
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I do not know about a labyrinth on the grounds.
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