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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 will strive to cultivate and stimulate curiosity about the life of this vitally important figure of American History.

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Preserving an historic landmark is a labor of love requiring volunteers and donations.
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The Mapes House

On the site of the original Seward house is the 1887 Victorian Gothic of Mortimer Mapes.
The Mapes House
It is also part of The Seward Homestead Restoration.
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Preserving History and Honoring a Great Statesman

William H. SewardBorn in Florida, New York in 1801, William H. Seward was one of our nation's most distinguished political leaders. Remembered primarily for his role as Secretary of State under Abraham Lincoln and his guiding influence in the purchase of Alaska as Secretary of State in the Andrew Johnson administration, Seward was also a Senator and New York Governor in his long career. Read more...

Charles LaRocca to Lecture on May 27th

William E. MapesPART TWO in our series on Captain William E. Mapes will highlight the the men and campaigns of the illustrious 124th New York Volunteer Regiment, The Orange Blossoms. Noted author and historian Charles J. LaRocca will do a presentation on Mapes' Regiment, focusing on its members and their heroism as they fought their way from Manassas to Appomattox.

PART ONE of the series featured a lecture on Civil War medicine by Carolyn Ivanoff. Her well received presentation called attention to the courage of Captain Mapes, as well as many of his generation; both the combatants, surgeons and nurses alike. Both programs are part of a fundraiser to honor Captain Mapes with a memorial plaque in his honor. Read more...

Register now: Date: May 27th. Time: 7:00 pm. Location: S. S. Seward Institute. Email:

A Work in Progress:

The Seward House View Architect's Rendering