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Harriet Beecher Stowe Center

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Address: 77 Forest St., Hartford, CT 06105
Phone Number: 18605229258
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9:30 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mon - Sat 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

Harriet Beecher Stowe was the best-selling author of the anti-slavery novel...

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 and programs designed to inspire action on social justice issues. Specialized tour experiences and discussion-based contemporary issue programs regularly offered.

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Good accompaniment to a Mark Twain House Visit

This is a good spot to visit when seeing the Mark Twain House, and is only steps away. Our guide was very well informed.

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 28, 2015
New York City, New York
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New York City, New York
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352 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015

This is a good spot to visit when seeing the Mark Twain House, and is only steps away. Our guide was very well informed.

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Draper, Utah
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 148 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2015 via mobile

The first floor of the house is very interesting and historical. Then the tour became too political. Go to Mark Twain's house next door.

1 Thank Dunn45
mewhite, Public Relations Manager at Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, responded to this review

At the Stowe Center, we connect Stowe's historic content to today's headlines while introducing visitors to Stowe's life and impact. Many visitors appreciate the opportunity to learn about Stowe's life as a writer whose words changed the world. More 

Boston, Massachusetts
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68 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2015

I've never read a thing by Harriet Beecher Stow, yet found the tour and small museum well worthwhile, especially when done in conjunction with the Mark Twain house, right next door. I learned a lot on this tour from19th century American history and literature to the struggles both for women's rights and against slavery, among other things. And I had... More 

Thank YMuchoMas
mewhite, Public Relations Manager at Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, responded to this review

Thanks! Glad you pointed out the $3. admission discount when visitors tour both the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center and the Mark Twain House & Museum. As adjacent properties focusing on the fascinating lives and impact of two of America's most important writers, we do offer lots to learn. More 

Holbrook, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 112 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2015 via mobile

The center is a great interaction place where visitors interact with the issue that Harriet Beecher Stowe was affected by and the issues we face today. Loved the center and the house. Right next to Mark Twain. Definitely a must see in the area.

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Middletown, Connecticut
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2015

Since we visited the Mark Twain house and the Stowe house wa so close we decided to tour that house too. Very different but enjoyable tour. The guide was excennet and made it more of an interactive tour than we have ever been on even to the point of sitting down a couple of times, as a group, to discuss... More 

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Southington, Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

My daughter and I recently visited the Harriet Beecher Stowe House, located in Hartford next to Mark Twain's house, where she lived for the last 23 years of her life. A most interesting tour of her home and insight into her family history and her writing of 'Uncle Tom's Cabin,' a monumetal novel for its time (1851) and instrumental in... More 

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Lincroft, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2015

The tour of this house is more an introduction to one of the most important authors of the 19th Century. You find how Uncle Tom's Cabin was received, how it influenced popular culture, and how and why it was marketed. Harriet Beecher Stowe's family history also sets her apart. If you want to learn about prejudice and injustice in levels... More 

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mewhite, Public Relations Manager at Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, responded to this review

Thanks for your comments and compliments. We are glad to hear you enjoyed our tour experience. We are trying many new techniques with our tours, with a focus on Stowe herself, the impact she made on 19th-century attitudes toward slavery and connecting that history to today's headlines. More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2015

Quite a different house from that of Mark Twain's, which is right next door. Take advantage of the price discount by seeing both at the same time. This was Harriet's "downsizing" house, moving from a far larger one pretty close by (which was razed long ago). In addition to seeing a very nice home for the times, the tour provided... More 

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Austin, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2015

Author and early abolitionist, Harriet Beecher Stowe, lived for awhile next to the home of Samuel Clemens, or Mark Twain. Though of the same period, her home is not any near as grand as the Clemens home, which we'd visited first. This museum must be seen with a tour guide as well, but that's the plus. Our guide constantly asked... More 

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Milan, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2015 via mobile

Don't miss miss this tour...right next to the Mark Twain house so definitely worth it and our tour guide was very well informed. We learned a lot about Beecher Stowe that we didn't know before.

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