Mission Statement

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 also will conduct educational programming which will strive to cultivate and stimulate curiosity about the life of this vitally important figure of American History.

Window in the Mapes House

One-woman Play | September 18th

Yours for Humanity – Abby
Please join us for a performance and lecture
by actress Lynne McKenney Lydick

Abby Kelley FosterTime: 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Location: S. S. Seward Institute
Tickets: $10 for adults. $5 for teens. Children 12 and under: free
Light refreshments: Free

53 North Main Street
Florida, New York 10921

Travel back in time and enter a world when social and political differences divided our country. Hear Abby's emotionally powerful orations against slavery and prejudice, which changed the hearts and minds of many.

Frances Miller Seward was a strong advocate of reform in her own right. In 1821, at the age of sixteen, Frances and her sister, Lazette, entered the Troy Female Seminary (now known as Emma Willard School). It was the first educational institution in the country founded to provide young women with an education comparable to that of college-educated young men. It also nurtured her lifelong progressive attitudes about emancipation and the equality of women.

Ms. Lydick's widely acclaimed portrayal of Abby Kelley Foster is a program of The Worcester Women's History project. It is a joint presentation of the Florida Union Free School District and the Seward/Mapes Restoration Committee. It is open to all adults and children. Registration is requested.

Reserve your seat: Please call 845-294-3839

Or Email: events@sewardhomestead.org.


Thank You, Senator Bonacic!

Our letter to the Senator on February 28th:

Dear Senator Bonacic,

Thank you for approving a generous MFC grant to the Seward/Mapes Homestead. As our mayor, Jim Pawliczek, told your office, we are a group of community volunteers dedicated to the preservation and exhibition of historical works and items related to the early life of William Henry Seward.

This grant will be a great aid in the restoration and preservation of this historic site. Not only are we striving to stimulate curiosity about the life of a vitally important figure of American History, we are also working toward developing the Seward/Mapes Homestead as a learning and community center for future generations.

It is our sincere hope that you will visit Florida, New York in the near future so that we may share with you our efforts and thank you in person for the support you have provided our community.

Sincerely,
The Seward/Mapes Homestead Restoration Committee


Volunteers Needed!

As always, we welcome any assistance you might be able to provide, whether it be time or a talent. For volunteering, for donating or for further information, contact Roger at 845-294-3839 or any member of the Seward Homestead, Inc. committee. You may also email us at events@sewardhomestead.org. Thank you very much for your interest.

–The Seward Homestead, Inc. Dinner Auction Committee


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