AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE:
Signed copies of
The 124th New York State Volunteers
in the Civil War

Charles J. LaRocca's authoritative history of the famous "Orange Blossoms" uses letters, diary entries, newspaper accounts and remembrances to tell the story of one of the great fighting regiments of the Civil War.

Window in the Mapes House

Please Join Us!
Thursday, October 27th | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Rand-tiques Road ShowThe Ghosts of
Gettysburg Battlefield

A Presentation by
Carolyn Ivanoff

On Thursday evening, October 27, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Civil War re-enactor and historian, Carolyn Ivanoff, will present “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. Carolyn will provide an overview and description of the three day battle, along with maps, and contemporary and period photographs.

The highlight of the program are the ghostly images caught on film. Decide for yourself if what you see in the images are real. Carolyn will take her audience on a virtual tour of what is claimed to be the most haunted battlefield in the world.

If you were fortunate enough to attend Carolyn's program about Civil War medicine at Florida’s S. S. Seward Institute last year, you would know why she was named “Preservationist Teacher of the Year” by The Civil War Trust in 2003. For more than 20 years, Carolyn has lectured at Gettysburg, Antietam, Arlington National Cemetery and other historic sites. Carolyn states, “My emphasis will primarily be on Gettysburg education and honoring those who fought and sacrificed during the battle.”

Admission: $10.00 per person. $15.00 for couples. $1:00 for students..

Light refreshments will be served Proceeds from the event will support the Seward/Mapes Homestead Restoration efforts. DOWNLOAD THE FLYER

We look forward to seeing you!

Date: Thursday, October 27th, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm.
Location: The Florida Senior Center | (Next to the Florida Library)
3 Cohen Circle, Florida, NY 10921

For more information email us at events@sewardhomestead.org
or call 845-294-3839. Reservations are recommended.


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


The Exceptional Seward Women

Frances and Fanny SewardWe 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