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Harriet Beecher Stowe Center

77 Forest St., Hartford, CT 06105
860-522-9258
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Ranked #6 of 44 attractions in Hartford
Type: Historic Sites
Owner description: Harriet Beecher Stowe was the best-selling author of the anti-slavery novel “Uncle Tom’s Cabin.” A 21st-century museum and program center, the Stowe... more » Owner description: Harriet Beecher Stowe was the best-selling author of the anti-slavery novel “Uncle Tom’s Cabin.” A 21st-century museum and program center, the Stowe Center offers interactive and engaging tours of Stowe’s home and garden and programs designed to inspire action on social justice issues. Themed tours change monthly; specialized tour experiences and discussion-based contemporary issue programs regularly offered. In 2012-13, marking the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, the continued sesquicentennial of the Civil War and the 200th anniversary of the birth of abolitionist Henry Ward Beecher, Stowe's favorite brother. « less
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Southington, CT
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13 reviews 13 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

I visited the Stowe Center several times this past year, and each event, be it a book discussion or discussion of a relevant topic (mass incarceration, discrimination, etc.), every event was well-planned, very informative and interactive. I was so impressed I actually became a member this month. It is well worth it and affords me the opportunity to attend many... More

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014 NEW

We visited this wonderful historic house as part of a Tauck Tour. Our young, but knowledgeable, guide was able to really bring to life the character and beliefs of Harriet Beecher Stowe. As Brits we were very interested to hear about the reaction she received when Uncle Tom's Cabin was published. Surely a must for all travellers in New England

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Buffalo, New York
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6 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

The Harriet Beecher Stowe home and center are just a few short steps from the Mark Twain House. In fact, you can purchase a ticket to get a guided tour of both homes at the same time. The tour of the Stowe home takes about 45 minutes and is quite informative. If both tours are purchased the total time is... More

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New York City, New York
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47 reviews 47 reviews
29 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

We took this tour together with the tour of the Mark Twain home. Our guide was truly a well informed speaker of Stowe. He provided so many little known facts and tidbits that made the tour that much more enjoyable. The home is very well preserved and her story as an author is just fascinating. I highly recommend this tour... More

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Ontario
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2014

This is a nice add on to the Mark Twain House tour. Our guide was very knowledgeable of Harriet Beecher and was able to answer any questions that were presented to him. Although the house isn't as glamorous as the Mark Twain house it does have it's own unique beauty. We are glad we took the time to visit this... More

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Brisbane, Australia
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47 attraction reviews
100 helpful votes 100 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

This was pegged as a destination on our itinerary once we decided to tour CT. We were looking forward to it but arrived on a day/time when the complex was closed (which is no one's fault but ours). Nonetheless we took the opportunity to wander the grounds and absorb the building's architecture and surroundings which were a delight. I hope... More

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Manchester, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2014

A must visit if you are a history lover and book lover! The guide is having sound knowledge. The gift shop is not good.

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Glastonbury
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

The house provides a wonderful escape to colonial America. The restoration is meticulous and the furnishings are amazing including several great clocks. The guide was quite knowledgeable. It's definitely worth the price of admission.

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Massachusetts
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23 attraction reviews
96 helpful votes 96 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

Take the time to visit this house when you are at the Mark Twain House. It is nearby, can be bundled with admission to Mark Twain house and is another piece of literary history. These homes are probably best done when your children are old enough to be reading these authors.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2013

Our tour guide was so well informed. She answered every question without hesitation and really knew a lot of the families history and lineage. The house itself is not as impressive as its neighbor but is well worth the time.

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