The house which is known today as the White House was the original “St. Joseph’s House” of the community and served as the first motherhouse of the Sisters of Charity.
During your tour, you can easily imagine the phenomenal growth of the household in the first years. Postulants came from all over.
"I am a name to keep up regularity and to say there is a head to the house. The chief work I do is to walk about with my knitting in my hand. I give my opinion, see that everyone is in their place, write letters, read, and give good advice."
--Elizabeth Seton’s letter to her dearest friend, 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.