Founded in the 1700s and tucked among the blooming foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Emmitsburg is a quaint small town known for its Catholic shrines, which draw visitors from all over the world. Elizabeth Ann Seton, the first American-born saint, founded the country's first order of nuns here in the early 1800s. Today the historic downtown has antiques shops, a railroad museum, and well-maintained historic homes. Students from Mount St. Mary's University enliven the town.
There seems to be something about this remote collection of islands that fosters the rare, the fearless, and above all, the weird.More