A unique historic site unlike any other, The National Shrine of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton is the home of the first American-born saint, Elizabeth Ann Seton.
We welcome visitors of all backgrounds to hear the inspirational story of the difficulties she faced, and despite those difficulties, went on to accomplish tremendous things for a woman in the early 1800s, like founding the first congregation of sisters in the U.S, as well as the first free Catholic school for girls in the U.S. All of this she accomplished by 1810 at the age of 35.
Elizabeth Ann Seton died in 1821 at the age of 46, and became a saint in 1975. At the Shrine, you can see how her legacy continued on during the Civil War and beyond. In our Civil War Sisters exhibit and our Civil War Sisters Tour, you'll discover the contributions of the Sisters during the Civil War, and learn how the sisters of Emmitsburg were tested in ways they couldn't imagine in 1863 during the Battle of Gettysburg.
Through our Museum and tours, you'll learn about Elizabeth Ann Seton's inspirational life and legacy that lives on today through Sisters who serve others throughout the world.
Right off of US Route 15, we’re 10 miles south of Gettysburg and 70 miles north of Washington DC.
We are open just about every day of the year. Visit setonshrine.org for current hours."