Nestled among Maryland’s mountain, learn about what life was like in early 19th century in what Mother Seton called Saint Joseph’s Valley. Visitors have the opportunity to engage historical interpreters, many of whom portrays a student or a sister from Mother Seton’s time. Jump back in time for an immersive engagement with characters as they go about their daily activities and sharing stories with any one of the following offerings:

Living History Character Tours

Thursdays 10 AM & 12 PM

Fridays 2 PM & 3 PM

Learn from a person who lived and worked with Mother Seton with a character tour that is designed to guide you through the Historic Homes of Mother Seton from an different perspective.

Living History Experience

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.

Hands On Activity*

2nd and 4th Saturdays of each month

11 AM or 2 PM

Join us from an experiential learning experience that will teach you what life would have been like if you lived in the 19th century, from chores to pastimes to education. See what’s currently being offered to learn what skill or knowledge you could use for the rest of your life!

Extras to Add to Your Experience:

  • Consider viewing our new 15 minute film for free before you go on a tour
  • Admission is free for our 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.

Seton Shrine Hours:

Monday-Saturday: 10am-5pm

Sunday: 12pm-5pm

Directions: Click on our address below for directions using Google Maps.

339 South Seton Avenue
Emmitsburg, MD 21727