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.

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Author Event | July 10th

L. Lloyd StewartA Far Cry From Freedom
Please join us in a book signing and lecture
by author L. Lloyd Stewart

Time: 6:45 pm to 7:45 pm
Location: Albert Wisner Public Library
Community Room
One McFarland Drive • Warwick, New York 10990


A Far Cry From FreedomL. Lloyd Stewart, author of A Far Cry From Freedom. Gradual Abolition (1799 to 1827) and The Mysterious Black Migration. 1800 to 1820, will discuss his pursuit of historical mysteries that plague people of African descent in New York State. Gradual Abolition, for example, was passed into law for Independence Day, 1799, but actually extended slavery for 28 years.

Mr. Stewart will also talk about "The Mysterious Black Migration 1800 - 1820", his most recent book, which is the result of his genealogical research begun in 2000.

The author, a native of Albany, has written and lectured widely on African American history and the hypocrisy of the State's gradual emancipation laws.

This free program is a joint program of the Seward/Mapes Restoration Committee and the Albert Wisner Library. Open to all adults and teens. Registration is required.

Register Now: Please call 845-986-1047 ext. 3

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