Step back into the 19th century while you tour the Stone House in St. Joseph's Valley, where the Sisters of Charity were founded July 31, 1809. The house was far from offering all the comforts Elizabeth Ann had so optimistically described in a letter to her dearest friend, Julia Scott. Sixteen people occupied four rooms, two upstairs and two down, with one of the smaller lower rooms used as a temporary chapel.
"You will hear a thousand reports of nonsense about our community, which I beg you not to mind. The truth is we have the best ingredients of happiness – order, peace, and solitude."
--Elizabeth Ann Seton's letter to Julia Scott, September 20, 1809
If you visit after hours, there is an audio recording of St. Elizabeth Ann's legacy at the Stone House, White House, and Mortuary Chapel.
Visitor Center & Basilica Hours
10:00 am - 4:30 pm every day
Historic Houses & Grounds: Tuesday - Sunday on the hour, 10 am to 3pm
Civil War: Fridays and Saturdays at 12 pm, 1 pm, 2 pm and 3 pm
Mass & Confessions
1:30 Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
Confessions heard before each Mass from 12:15 to 1:15 pm.