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Harriet Beecher Stowe Center

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Address: 77 Forest St., Hartford, CT 06105
Phone Number: 860-522-9258
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Description: Harriet Beecher Stowe was the best-selling author of the anti-slavery...
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.
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walk in the footsteps of Mrs Stowe

The house is a relatively well-preserved 19th century upper middle class dwelling. The docents bring it to life with the back story, who Stowe was, why she wrote Uncle Tom's... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 17, 2015
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Longmeadow, Massachusetts
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Longmeadow, Massachusetts
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44 reviews 44 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

The house is a relatively well-preserved 19th century upper middle class dwelling. The docents bring it to life with the back story, who Stowe was, why she wrote Uncle Tom's Cabin, how her narrative helped to right a horrible wrong.

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Litchfield, Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

Enjoyed the guided tour of the HBS house. Like the hands on stuff too.The guide was quite knowledgeable and was able to answer all our questions, regarding Harriet, her father, family, time in Litchfield and attending Sarah Pierce's Litchfield Female Academy. The gift shop had some pretty interesting history factoids too. Worth the visit.

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Houston, Texas, United States
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28 reviews 28 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

This is a turn-of-the-century home in Hartford, right next to Mark Twain's historic home. The home itself really isn't much to speak of, although some of the art and the photographs are noteworthy. Visiting this home is important because the tour guides help visitors appreciate the incredible historical changes that Harriet Beecher Stowe helped to motivate both with her writing... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

First i would say come here before visiting mark twain house. the house itself was not as beautiful as the mark twain house. very interesting that the two lived next to each other. However, interesting connecticut history, that the residents of Nook Farm, where these two houses resided, were made up of mostly of activist. Incredibly influential women, wish i... More 

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

This tour of the Harriet Beecher Stowe house was phenomenal. For instance, I didn't know that she wrote 30 books, and never considered Uncle Tom's Cabin to be the best. I didn't know that Mark Twain purposely moved next door to her because of his friendship with her. I didn't know that she had 7 children, and 4 died before... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

While I was visiting the Mark Twain House I noticed that Harriet Beecher Stowe's home was right there as well. It is a quaint, charming home with the desk that she wrote Uncle Tom's Cabin right there as well as other furnishings that are worth seeing.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

She resided besides Mark Twain ,for over 10 yes,we did the combine tour of both homes, the comparison, between their lives we're obvious,but both tours told of their lives families, tragedies and works.worth a vist

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

We toured both Mrs. Stowe's and Mr. Twain's house. They are across from each other. Both of our guides did a great job and were very knowledgeable. We learned a lot and got to see some fabulous houses.

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Rochester, New York
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29 reviews 29 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

We went here to see Mark Twain's house only to discover that Harriet Beecher Stowe lived next door and there was a combo tour which we took. Unlike the Mark Twain house you are allowed to take no-flash photos in Harriet Beecher Stowe's home. The details are exquisite even the kitchen gives you a feel to what life must have... More 

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Bristol, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

For lovers of Victorian architecture and decoration, this house is a perfect fit. Add a little lady who is credited for the start of the Civil War and this house becomes even more significant. It is surrounded with a beautiful, well kept cottage garden. Just the sort of destination all high school students should see, as it brings to life... More 

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