Mountain to Valley Tour

Explore Northern Frederick County in the footsteps of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton.


The Mountain to Valley Tour, exclusive to the Seton Shrine, will take you to the hidden spiritual haven just a few miles from Gettysburg, PA and Frederick, MD. Elizabeth Ann Seton came to the frontier-town of Emmitsburg in 1809, a bankrupt widow with five children to raise. Despite the odds against her, she went on to do amazing work. She started the first free Catholic school for girls in the U.S., as well as a community of Sisters that now is in the thousands and spans the globe.

Life wasn’t easy at that time. We’ll show you the creek where she and the Sisters washed their clothes and got their water. You’ll also see where she first started teaching children—at a rock on Catoctin Mountain. Eventually the school moved under roof—you’ll see the three homes where she lived and worked. You’ll discover how the leadership and tenacity Elizabeth showed in Emmitsburg followed an incredible life that took her from the city to the frontier, wealth to poverty, and high society wife to bankrupt widow. You’ll discover the peaks and valleys of her life as you tour the mountain and valley she called home over 200 years ago.

With the Mountain to Valley Tour, you’ll enjoy:

  • Transportation for day’s excursions.
  • Morning coffee, lunch and dinner.
  • Exclusive guided tours of each site.
  • Behind the scenes opportunities.

The day begins at 8am at the visitor center and concludes with dinner at 6pm.

For pricing and reservations, contact Lissa Jungbluth at or 301-447-6981.

Cost: $89 per person
Available to groups of 15 people or more.

Four Unforgettable Sites on the Tour:

The National Shrine of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton

Home to St. Joseph’s Academy, the first school Elizabeth started in 1810, as well as the stunning Basilica where she is entombed.

National Fallen Firefighters Memorial

This moving site pays tribute to those who have given their lives as first responders. You’ll also see the immense 9/11 monument, “To Lift A Nation,” which stands 40 feet tall.

The National Shrine Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes

Elizabeth Ann Seton regularly visited the Grotto for the serenity it granted. Today an estimated 240,000 people visit the Grotto annually for its scenic views, gardens and natural spring waters. The Grotto is considered to be the inspiration for the founding of Mount St. Mary’s Seminary and University.

Catoctin Tour

Explore the beautiful Catoctin region where Elizabeth Ann Seton lived, with visits to the stunning National Catoctin Mountain Park, Cunningham Falls State Park, 19th Century Catoctin Furnace, and the quaint, charming town of Emmitsburg.

Reservations made a month in advance are appreciated.

* Your reservation will be complete upon receipt of full payment. Cancellations: Full refund if cancelled 14 days or more prior to tour.