For the second year in a row, the Seton Shrine in Emmitsburg, Md., brings history to life with its living history tour, Catherine Comes Home. The tour has changed this year, focusing on Elizabeth Ann Seton’s inspirational life, as seen through the eyes of her daughter Catherine, and other beloved friends.
On the tour, visitors will step back into 1842 and get a glimpse into mid-19th century life as they tour the grounds and historic sites with a guide. The experience takes visitors inside each historic home at the Shrine, the first dated from 1750 and the second from 1810. Through an interpreter, attendees will learn about Elizabeth Ann Seton’s life, how the homes were used in her lifetime, and how the homes are used in the 1840’s time period.
“We’re excited to bring our living history tour to life with a different perspective this year,” said Rob Judge, executive director of The National Shrine of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton. “On the tour, Catherine and other close friends of Mother Seton will reminisce and share stories about life with her in Emmitsburg. Mother Seton lived in Emmitsburg from 1809-1821. Visitors will hear about her life, the obstacles she faced, and how she overcame her struggles. It will be memorable, one-of-a-kind experience that you can’t find anywhere else.”
The tour takes place on Sundays through Aug. 18 at 12:15 p.m., 1 p.m., 1:45 p.m., 2:40 p.m., 3:30 p.m., and 4:15 p.m., as well as Wednesdays at 11:30 a.m., 12:15 p.m., 1:15 p.m. and 2 p.m. It costs $10 for adults, $7 for youth ages 7-18, and is free for children 6 and under. Tickets are available online at setonshrine.org.
The tour departs from at the Shrine’s Visitor Center. Admission to the Visitor Center and Museum are free, and parking is free. The Seton Shrine is located at 339 S. Seton Ave., Emmitsburg, Md.