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!
Wednesday, July 13th | 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Chloe BorthwickBetter Homes & Gardens
Rand Realty’s Fundraiser

for the Preservation of
the Seward/Mapes Homestead

Hosted by The Sweet Onion Brewhouse

We are very pleased to announce that Better Homes & Gardens | Rand Realty has teamed up with The Sweet Onion Brewhouse to host its kickoff fundraising event for the Seward/Mapes Homestead restoration project. The Homestead is right across the street from the restaurant.

Michael HolmesBeginning at 5:00 pm, Rand Realty's Matt Rand and Mike Vanmansart, from Hudson United, will be guest bartenders. They will graciously be donating all of their tips to the Homestead. Starting at 7:00 pm, a percentage of the evening's dining room earnings will go towards the Homestead's matching grant from New York State. We are very grateful to Kristen Said, owner of the Brewhouse, for her neighborly generosity!

This evening's fundraiser will feature live music by award-winning vocalist Chloe Borthwick and singer/songwriter Michael Holmes. There will also be a 50/50 and displays, along with the Brewhouse's delicious food, amazing beers and unique cocktails.

Your dining experience will support us in our restoration efforts! DOWNLOAD A FLYER

We look forward to seeing you!

Date: Wednesday, July 13, 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm.
Location: The Sweet Onion Brewhouse,
28 North Main Street, Florida, NY 10921

It helps us to know how many guests we will have.
Please email us at events@sewardhomestead.org and tell us you will be attending
or call 845-294-3839.

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