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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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Sun 12:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Tue - Fri 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Sat 9:30 am - 5:30 pm
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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Mlk, jr day

I went to their free day on Mlk, Jr day. It was set up with a guide in each room telling u about the room and the family. However, I would have liked more time to read and take my... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 31, 2015
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Amherst, Massachusetts
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Amherst, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

I went to their free day on Mlk, Jr day. It was set up with a guide in each room telling u about the room and the family. However, I would have liked more time to read and take my time. Went thru the house quick but think it was set up to go thru faster for the event.

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Crystal Lake, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

We did Twain yesterday and Stowe this morning. Parking lot small. If you cannot find a spot, park in Twain around the block and walk up the stairs to Twain's Visitor Center. Stowe's is next to it. We got the a little before 930, basically had a private tour as no one else was there. Had a great tour guide....... More 

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Chevy Chase, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 190 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

The Harriet Beecher Stowe House is a very attractive structure tucked behind a facade designed to minimize the actual size of the home. Surrounded by Victorian plantings, it is thoroughly charming. Unlike many other such attractions, there are no ropes or barriers and one walks through the house just as would a visitor in Stowe’s day. Although her fame derives... More 

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Ocean Springs, Mississippi, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

While this house is in direct contrast to the Mark Twain house next to it, the simplicity of this woman's lifestyle in her later years is a statement of her beliefs. Her house, from a strictly historical view offers a glimpse of a moderate lifestyle in her day. We particularly enjoyed the film before the tour which outlined the writing... More 

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Los Angeles, CA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

The Harriet Beecher Stowe house is modest but we had a good guide and the tour was informative about her extraordinary life and her impressive cultural impact. We particularly liked the floral paintings that Stowe did in her later years, and suggested to the gift shop that they create a set of notecards based on them. Allow one hour for... More 

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New Britain, Connecticut
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Wow the Harriet Beecher Stowe House a wonderful family experience like no other! This home does not have any rope barriers. They allow you to immerse yourself in Harriet and her family and her great books! One of which is Uncle Toms Cabin! Lincoln called her the little women who started the war! A hands on museum that gives you... More 

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Southington, Connecticut, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

Nice ordinary home that housed a very interesting family. It reminds me of the orchard that Louise Alcott lived in and the extraordinary family that lived there.

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

Thanks for visiting! Women such as Stowe and Alcott inspire us with their lives and impact. We love being able to tell the story of a 19th-century woman to 21st-century visitors. The issues she cared about are still with us today and we aim to inspire our visitors to follow Stowe's example. More 

West Hartford, Connecticut
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

Stowe is from a very well known family and is famous in her own right for writing Uncle Tom's Cabin. The house is next door to the Mark Twain House and they lived there contemporaneously. It is just a house from the era that she bought in 1871 long past her peak days as an author. Unlike Twain she did... More 

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

Thanks for visiting the Stowe Center. We strive to tell the story of Stowe's life and her impact on America in the tour experience. Being able to do so in the house where she lived the longest, surrounded by things she or her family owned - and were important to the story of her impact - is a bonus! In... More 

Dronfield, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

A house in marked contrast to that of Mark Twain whose house is on the same site. The one hour tour inside the house is well worth it because you get a real feel for this remarkable woman and the influence she had on many around the world. Our tour group was 4 strong so we had time to ask... More 

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Rolling Meadows, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

There is a small self guided museum and a one hour guided tour available. During the tour, much time is talked about Harriet's personal life, her family, and her books, as well about the actual home and grounds.

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

Thanks for visiting! We are proud to showcase the life and work of Harriet Beecher Stowe. The Stowe House is a great platform to introduce visitors to her national and international impact. We love being able to use our extensive collections to introduce visitors to Stowe and the issues that concerned her - and that still exist today. More 

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Address: 77 Forest St., Hartford, CT 06105
Phone Number: 860-522-9258
Location: United States  >  Connecticut (CT)  >  Hartford
Open Hours:
Sunday 12:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Tuesday 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Wednesday 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Thursday 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Friday 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Saturday 9:30 am - 5:30 pm

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