1867 is a Date to Remember!
Seward Mapes Rehab It is Also an Easy Amount to Donate!

Whether it's $18.67 or $1.86, we will be very grateful for your contribution. The Seward/Mapes Homestead Restoration Committee has been active since 2011, making steady progress in the restoration of a national historic landmark nestled in the Village of Florida, New York.

Why 1867?
On March 30, 1867, the United States reached an agreement to purchase Alaska from Russia for a price of $7.2 million. The Treaty with Russia was negotiated and signed by Secretary of State William Seward and Russian Minister to the United States Edouard de Stoeckl.

In honoring 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 humble Union soldier, we celebrate an important part of our nation's history. Our objective is to become a vital community center, greenspace and historical site that will be a part of the S. S. Seward Institute campus. William Henry Seward's father, Samuel Sweezy Seward, founded the adjacent high school in 1848. We also celebrate William Henry Seward's visionary role as the driving force behind the purchase of the Alaskan territory in 1867. Hence, the theme of our fundraiser.

More than a restoration effort.

Early on, The Seward/Mapes Homestead Committee decided to be more than a building restoration effort. We are interested in American history and want to share our enthusiasm for the subject. Since 2013 we have sponsored educational programs, often in partnership with The Florida Union Free School District.

Download our Seward/Mapes Homestead Brochure.

Want to learn more? Please email us at events@sewardhomestead.org and tell us you will be attending. Or call 845-294-3839.

Proceeds will go to the restoration of the Seward/Mapes Homestead!


The Exceptional Seward Women

Frances and Fanny Seward We marvel at the many exceptional women of the period, including Frances Seward and Fanny Seward. We intend to focus on them. For example, not many people know that William Seward's wife, Frances, ran a station on the Underground Railroad out of their house in Auburn when Seward was a United States Senator. That was in violation of Federal law which prohibited harboring runaway slaves. Young Fanny, the couple's daughter, was an aspiring writer who kept a diary that offers us rare glimpses into the Lincoln Administration, the Seward household and a first hand accout of the assasination attempt on her father on the fateful night of 1865. Dorothea Dix was a role model for her. The Sewards counted many other reformers as friends.


The Seward Homestead has been listed on the New York State Register of Historic Places (national registration is pending), We need your support to realize the landmark's potential as an inspirational educational center for generations of Americans.

The Seward Birthplace