Living History Tour: Catherine Comes Home

Discover the life and legacy of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton through the eyes of her daughter, Catherine, and beloved friends of Mother Seton.


After Elizabeth Ann Seton died in 1821, Catherine left home, heartbroken by her mother’s death. The Sisters in Emmitsburg carried on, serving others and continuing Mother Seton’s legacy that lives on today.

On this living history tour, you’ll go back to 1842 with a guide and see Catherine and other beloved friends as you explore our historic site. From them, you’ll learn about the inspirational life of Elizabeth Ann Seton, the obstacles she encountered, and how her faith helped her overcome her struggles.

Although the tour has ended for 2019, stay tuned for another living history experience available at the Shrine in Summer 2020.

Tour Dates: Sundays and Wednesdays through August 21.
Tour Times: Sundays at 12:15pm, 1pm, 1:45pm, 2:40pm, 3:30pm and 4:15pm. Wednesdays at 10:45am, 11:30am, 1:15pm and 2pm.
Cost: $10/adult, $7/youth ages 7-18, and free for children 6 and under.

What to Expect on the Catherine Comes Home Tour

    • The tour begins at the Visitor Center of the Seton Shrine and may last up to 75 minutes.
    • This is a walking tour. While the homes and walk-ways are handicap accessible, some paths have loose gravel and can be uneven in spots.
    • Children ages six and under are welcome, however, we encourage parents to use discretion regarding whether this tour is a good fit for their young child. If a parent finds that they need to step out of the tour to care for a young child, they are welcome to return to the Visitor Center while the tour continues. Use of strollers is discouraged.
    • The living history tour is a story-based experience from a first-person perspective. For a more comprehensive interpretation of the historic homes at our site, we invite you to experience the Historic Homes Tour offered Monday through Saturday.

    The Seton Shrine is located at 339 South Seton Avenue, Emmitsburg, MD 21727. To contact the Shrine, please call 301-447-6606 or email


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The tour has ended for 2019. Stay tuned for another living history experience at the Shrine in 2020.