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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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Highly recommend visiting this jewel of American history

Located next to the Mark Twain House, the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center offers a wealth of information on a remarkable woman. Visitors can take a tour of the home where Harriet... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 21, 2015
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Brooklyn, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

Located next to the Mark Twain House, the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center offers a wealth of information on a remarkable woman. Visitors can take a tour of the home where Harriet Beecher Stowe spent her later years and learn about her family, ambition and incredible talent. It was fascinating to see how her landmark novel, Uncle Tom's Cabin, was received... More 

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RIO RANCHO
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

We had just toured the Mark Twain House & on a whim decided to do this one as well. It was very interesting & I learned quite a bit that I didn't know before. It's a shorter tour of what was considered her "retirement home". A discount for seniors is much appreciated.

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

Thanks for visiting! Many people are surprised that two literary icons lived so close to each other. Love to know what you thought about our "new" tour - we want to introduce people to Stowe and her impact on America - both in her time and in our world today. How did we do? More 

Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

She wrote "Uncle Toms Cabin" and helped shed a light on slavery, as well as helping to free escaped slaves. She and Livy Clemens, and others in the area had a lot to do with the underground railroad. Love it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

As with the Mark Twain House, this place is a gem. It is not as elaborate as the Mark Twain House, or as her previous house just blocks away, because she bought this as a retirement home and they were downsizing! Again, the docent was great. The tour was not as long as the M.T. house, but for history buffs,... More 

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Naperville, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

I didn't know that both Mark Twain and Harriet Beecher Stowe lived in Hartford and were neighbors. The young man that led our tour was very interesting and made the tour interactive. I learned a lot about Stowe and her writings. There is a $10 fee for admission. It is right next door to the Mark Twain house.

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Albany, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

I didn't go on the house tour, but did enjoy the museum and the grounds. Very interesting. I enjoyed the video playing in the museum and seeing the things that belonged to her. I spoke with a couple who did go on the house tour and they said they enjoyed it. If I had more time, I would have done... More 

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Meriden, CT
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

This house sits immediately next to Twain's house and is overshadowed by it. It is worth visiting as it a much more typical example of the time period. She was at the end of her career when she lived there and Twain was the rising star so it is not too surprising that the houses reflected those differences.

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

I must complement our outstanding guide, Ann, who made our visit at the Harriet Beecher Stowe House unforgettable. After a disappointing visit at the Mark Twain house next door we didn't expect much here. We were surprised to find out how little we actually knew about Harriet Beecher Stowe, beside the fact that she wrote Uncle Tom's Cabin, and how... More 

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Longmeadow, Massachusetts
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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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