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Honoring a Great Statesman & a Courageous Civil War Soldier

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...

The Seward/Mapes Homestead presents a rare opportunity in historic preservation to focus on the lives and accomplishments of two men deeply engaged in the American Civil War on different levels – one as Secretary of State in the Lincoln Administration and the other as a Union soldier who survived many horrific battles before being severely wounded. That soldier was Captain William E. Mapes of the 124th New York State Volunteers, known as “The Orange Blossoms”.The Homestead is also uniquely located in the Village of Florida and has the potential to become a vital community learning and cultural center.

Back by Popular Demand

Our Second Annual Rand-tiques Roadshow!

William E. Mapes Back by popular demand, Better Homes & Gardens | Rand Realty will be hosting an antiques appraisal event on behalf of the Seward/Mapes Homestead restoration efforts in Florida, NY. It is bound to be full of surprises.

Renowned Sugar Loaf estate appraiser and auctioneer, William J. Jenack, will be casting his eyes on your heirlooms and treasures to offer his appraisals of their value. Other members of his team will join him in appraising art, furniture, jewelry, decorations and a variety of special interest categories.

Stamps and record albums will not be considered, but just about everything else will.

Admission is FREE! Appraisal Fee is only $5.00 per item!

Proceeds from the event will support the Seward/Mapes Homestead Restoration efforts.

EVENT DETAILS: Date: Saturday, September 16, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm.
Location: BH&G Rand Realty, 25 Railroad Avenue. Warwick, NY 10990
For more information contact: or call 845-986-4848

Download our Seward/Mapes Homestead Brochure.

Captain Mapes, Honored at last!

William E. MapesCaptain William E. Mapes of the 124th New York State Volunteers, The Orange Blossoms, got his wish on the sunny morning of Saturday, May 30th, 2015. A monument was dedicated to him in the Village of Florida where he was born, 150 years after he wryly requsted one. Read the full inscription of the monument.

If you have had the opportunity to read about our organization's recent events and - even better, attend them - you know that the dedication ceremony on the grounds of the Seward / Mapes Homestead was the end result of a collaborative effort to honor Mapes' memory as well as thousands of Americans like him who fought to preserve the Union.

A Work in Progress:

The Seward House View Architect's Rendering