Living History - Seton Shrine

Living History

Become part of the story…

Nestled among Maryland’s mountains, learn about what life was like in early 19th century at St. Joseph’s School, the home of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton. This immersive experience offers guests an opportunity explore the world of the first American born Saint as it would have been in her lifetime.  Visitors can engage historical interpreters, who portray a student or a Sister from Mother Seton’s time as they hear stories and see daily life in action at the White House where Elizabeth Ann Seton lived for 11 years.

Weekly Schedule & Tickets

Regularly Scheduled Programming:

Hands-On History!

Every 2nd and 4th Saturday, 11am & 2pm

Discover life during Mother Seton times through activities, crafts, or games. Fun for all ages; Free Program. Select dates to see what aspect of Mother Seton’s life you can immerse yourself in during our Living History Program (2nd and 4th Saturdays).


Living History Experience

Fridays 2 PM – 4:30 PM

Saturdays 10 AM – 4:30 PM, last admission at 3:30 PM

Step back in time to the year 1818 at St. Joseph’s Academy, and engage with our living history interpreters, including our Junior History Interpreters who portrays real students from Mother Seton’s time. Don’t be shy: you are encouraged to speak with them and even play a game or two. Don’t be surprised if you are pulled into class to learn a new thing or two.

Sister Margaret George

Meeting Mother Seton in Baltimore as a young married woman, Margaret George arrives to Emmitsburg after the untimely death of her husband and daughter. Sister Margaret was one of the instrumental sisters in the founding of St. Joseph’s Academy, who daily puts on perseverance, piety and humility.

Sister Cecilia O’Conway

Initially looking for a quiet life in a cloistered community in Spain, Cecilia met Mother Seton in 1808 and became one of the first Sisters of Charity.  She can be found savoring quiet moments away from the students, reflecting on the early years of the order, and leading German instruction.

Sister Mary Augustine DeCount

A young musician from Philadelphia, Mary DeCount learns of Mother Seton and wanted to follow her when she became of age. Finally arriving in 1817, Mary takes a position as a novice and teacher, and is called Sister Mary Augustine. If she’s not with the students, you may find her in the chapel discerning her vocation.

Get Your Tickets Today!

Select the date and time that works for you, and you will be directed to a check out page.

Extras to Add to Your Experience:

  • Admission is free for our NEW museum. To view the exhibits and artifacts in our museum, allow for about 15-30 minutes.
  • During your visit, allow time to choose a special memento in our gift shop to remember your visit.
  • Click here for hours and directions.

Throughout the year

The below programs are offered once a year and are perfect for groups!

Contact 301-447-6981 or to learn more.