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National Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton

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Bear H wrote a review Feb 2020
Williamsburg, Virginia1,282 contributions377 helpful votes
In addition to the museum and gift shop the shrine has a basilica which is a wonderful place to pray at the grave of St. Elizabeth Seton. Take a look at their web site before you go to see the times of mass and other services. They also have a short movie to describe Seton's life. Worth the side trip to Emmitsburg
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Response from Helen J, Manager at National Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton
Responded Feb 28, 2020
Dear Bear H, Thank you for taking time to provide a review. It sounds like you enjoyed your visit! If you're ever back in the area, perhaps you could stop again and take one of our guided tours. From December - March, they're only available on weekends, and in April - November they're available every day. The guided tour will take you inside the two homes where Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton lived and worked. People find it interesting being able to walk where a saint walked! Thanks again for the review. I appreciate it!
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Michael J-G wrote a review Jan 2020
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania4 contributions2 helpful votes
My wife and I accidentally discovered St Elizabeth Ann Seton while visiting Emmitsburg for their famous Antique Mall and the Ott House Pub Restaurant. The National Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton is a must see. We were raised catholic and from New York and shamefully never heard of St Ann Seton. We were glad to discover this beautiful place of worship with its majestic Basilica. We enjoyed the unscheduled tour we were given, and the audio tour about St. Ann and the life of her family. The National Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton at Emmitsburg, MD is a must see.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Response from Helen J, Manager at National Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton
Responded Feb 10, 2020
Dear Michael J, Thanks so much for visiting and providing a review on Trip Advisor. I'm glad you found us when you were here in Emmitsburg! It may surprise you to know that a lot of people haven't heard of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton. We do our best to get the word out, and appreciate reviews like yours that also help to spread the word. Thanks for sharing about your experience here and encouraging people to visit our site.
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TonyBur wrote a review Dec 2019
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania138 contributions70 helpful votes
I stopped here on a trip and was so very glad I did. It is a beautiful church, wonderful museum dedicated to the first American Saint, Elizabeth Seton. The museum catalogues the life of St Elizabeth, the founding of the Sister's of Charity and their wonderful work. The museum shows the incredible service the Daughters of Charity extended during the Civil War, especially the Battle of Gettysburg, which is only 6 miles away. The Yankee soldiers marched right by the convent. The Sister's heard the battle in progress and got into a wagon and drove to the battlefield to tend to the injured. A great place to visit, and so much to learn.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Response from Helen J, Manager at National Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton
Responded Feb 5, 2020
Dear TonyBur, Thanks so much for taking time to provide a review. I'm glad you enjoyed your visit! It's great you know some of the Civil War history that we have here. We have a Civil War Sisters Tour that takes place every summer on Saturdays that you might like, if you're in the area this summer. You'll hear details on what is was like for the sisters as the union soldiers camped on their property, and as they cared for the wounded after the Battle of Gettysburg was over. Thank you for visiting. I'm glad you made the time to stop by.
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kghudson wrote a review Nov 2019
Houston, Texas311 contributions65 helpful votes
We stopped here on the way from Hershey PA to Arlington VA. It was well worth the stop to learn about the life a women who exhibited such love, mercy and kindness. To learn about her life and all the great works of corporal mercy she gave was inspiring and uplifting. The staff at the shrine were very helpful. We did the short movie then went thru the museum with artifacts, stories and history of St. Elizabeth's wonderful life. We then explored the Basilica where there was a docent there to answer any/all questions we had,. Stopped on the way out to visit the gift shop and purchased several items to remember St. Elizabeth and our visit. Did not have time to do a grounds visit and see the houses where she lived and taught, but would like to do next time. We spent almost 2 hours here and was well worth our time.
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Date of experience: November 2019
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Response from Helen J, Manager at National Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton
Responded Feb 6, 2020
Dear kghudson, I'm sorry for the delay in responding to your review. It's good to hear that you enjoyed your visit. For a woman who lived in the late 1700s and early 1800s, Elizabeth Ann Seton accomplished tremendous things despite the obstacles she faced. We look forward to having you come back for a tour. Guided tours are offered during the winter on Saturdays and Sundays, and available daily April through November. I'm glad you stopped for a visit! Thank you for making the time.
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jkoft wrote a review Nov 2019
Manalapan, New Jersey47 contributions21 helpful votes
Highly recommended. Will return. This was an extremely wonderful unexpected stop on a trip going the back routes to Chantilly VA via US 15. Make sure the see the movie about the life of Mother Seton. Beautiful Basilica and Shrine, well maintained grounds, highly organized, excellent museum chronicling Mother Seton's life thru sainthood. If you're planning the visit, allow time to attend mass and take the guided tour. Ample parking and free admission. A moving experience. Allow 3+ hours for the visit. Plan to see the cemetery as well.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Response from Helen J, Manager at National Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton
Responded Feb 4, 2020
Dear jkoft, I'm sorry for the time it has taken for my to respond to your review, but I'm glad to hear how much you enjoyed your visit. It's great to hear you're planning on returning someday. If you come back in the summer, check our website for details on Living History Tours (Wednesdays and Sundays) and Civil War Tours on Saturdays. Or if it's in the fall, you might like the Back from the Dead Cemetery Walk, a faith drama that takes place the last two weekends of October. Thank you for writing about your experience at our site. II'm grateful that you took the time to do so.
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