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Honoring a Great Statesman & a Courageous Civil War Soldier

William H. SewardBorn in Florida, New York in 1801, William H. Seward was one of our nation's most distinguished political leaders. Remembered primarily for his role as Secretary of State under Abraham Lincoln and his guiding influence in the purchase of Alaska as Secretary of State in the Andrew Johnson administration, Seward was also a Senator and New York Governor in his long career. Read more...

The Seward/Mapes Homestead presents a rare opportunity in historic preservation to focus on the lives and accomplishments of two men deeply engaged in the American Civil War on different levels – one as Secretary of State in the Lincoln Administration and the other as a Union soldier who survived many horrific battles before being severely wounded. That soldier was Captain William E. Mapes of the 124th New York State Volunteers, known as “The Orange Blossoms”.The Homestead is also uniquely located in the Village of Florida and has the potential to become a vital community learning and cultural center.

Ghosts of Gettysburg“The Ghosts of Gettysburg Battlefield”
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 27, 7pm to 9pm
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If you were fortunate enough to attend Carolyn Ivanoff's program last year about Civil War medicine, you will be happy to learn that she is returning with a new program. “Ghosts of Gettysburg Battlefield”. This popular program is suitable for all age groups and will be enjoyed by everyone with a high interest in the Civil War, the Battle of Gettysburg and the supernatural. For more than 20 years, Carolyn has lectured at Gettysburg, Antietam, Arlington National Cemetery and other historic sites. Learn more...

Our Rand-tiques Road Show Was a Great Success!

We are very grateful to The Presidents Club of BH&G | Rand Realty and the appraisers of William J. Janeck for making yesterday’s “Rand-tiques Roadshow” such a success. Rand’s headquarters, in the beautifully restored Old Warwick Railroad Station, was the perfect location for the event. If you were one of the people who brought something to our Roadshow, please feel free to share your experience on our Facebook page. We were all amazed by the kind of treasures brought in for appraisal. William Janeck’s staffers were very knowledgeable and The President’s Club went all out, from providing refreshments to orchestrating the appraisal appointments for a steady flow of arrivals. If you want to know more about us, please Download our Seward/Mapes Homestead Brochure.

Captain Mapes, Honored at last!

William E. MapesCaptain William E. Mapes of the 124th New York State Volunteers, The Orange Blossoms, got his wish on the sunny morning of Saturday, May 30th. A monument was dedicated to him in the Village of Florida where he was born, 150 years after he wryly requsted one. Read the full inscription of the monument.

If you have had the opportunity to read about our organization's recent events and - even better, attend them - you know that the dedication ceremony on the grounds of the Seward / Mapes Homestead was the end result of a collaborative effort to honor Mapes' memory as well as thousands of Americans like him who fought to preserve the Union.

In days to come we will say more about Captain Mapes. Author Charles J. LaRocca has become a member of The Seward / Mapes Homestead Restoration Committee. We hope he will continue to educate us about Captain Mapes and the Ornage Blossoms. His presentation entitled “Tell Them I Am Still For War” on May 27th was very engaging, informing the public just why Mapes and others of his generation just like him deserve to be remembered.

A Work in Progress:

The Seward House View Architect's Rendering