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The mission of The Seward Homestead is to collect, preserve and exhibit historical works and items related to the early life of William Henry Seward through restoration and preservation of this historic site. We will strive to cultivate and stimulate curiosity about the life of this vitally important figure of American History.

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Preserving an historic landmark is a labor of love requiring volunteers and donations.
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The Mapes House

On the site of the original Seward house is the 1887 Victorian Gothic of Mortimer Mapes.
The Mapes House
It is also part of The Seward Homestead Restoration.
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Preserving History and Honoring a Great Statesman

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...

Honoring a Civil War Hero

William E. MapesBy Charles J. LaRocca

On August 10, 1863, Lt. William E. Mapes, Company B, 124th New York State Volunteers, wrote home to his brother. The letter bore the heading, “Camp Near Sulphur Springs, Virginia,” where the Army of the Potomac was encamped following the Battle of Gettysburg. He had something to ask his brother and admonished him, “Don’t fail to answer this question. I want your opinion whether my acts and services to my country will be appreciated enough should I get killed for Florida to erect some lasting monument or tablet for 'Copperheads’* to look at in all ages to come, that is until they are extinct, & as they looked at it could feel the burnings of reproach, & regret that they were ever traitors & my opposers. It would ever put them in mind of it, but I hope I will live to be their scourge.” Read more...

*The Copperheads were a vocal group of Northerners who opposed the American Civil War.


Civil War Medicine: A Lecture by Carolyn Ivanoff

Carolyn IvanoffAlthough we would be horrified by the medical treatment Captain Mapes (seen above) received in the Civil War, noted lecture Carolyn Ivanoff will tell us how William Mapes and countless others often recieved the best treatment available. The conditions were brutal, but the field surgeons were not the butchers they are often depicted as. In ”Myths, Maggots, Minie Balls, Gangrene and Glory”, Ms. Ivanoff separates fact from fiction. This presentation on Civil War medicine is but one of her lectures about a period of American history she is passionate about.

REGISTER NOW for her lecture on March 19th at 7:00 pm at the S. S. Seward Institute in the Village of Florida. Click here for details and easy online registration.


A Work in Progress:

The Seward House View Architect's Rendering