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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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9:30 am - 4:30 pm
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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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Nice home and museum

Very nice home and very informative about Stowe's efforts to expose the ills of slavery. Worth the trip. Right next door to Mark Twain's residence which was incredible.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 11, 2015
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New Orleans, Louisiana
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Sugar Grove
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

It's right across the yard from Mark Twain's home in Hartford,CT. Worth a visit if in the area. Guided tour & small adjacent poster museum.

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

Very nice home and very informative about Stowe's efforts to expose the ills of slavery. Worth the trip. Right next door to Mark Twain's residence which was incredible.

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

The house is a good place to learn about Stowe's life and her campaign against slavery. Also, the house is next to Twain's so easy to visit both museums. Much smaller house than Twain's, more middle-class.

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Manakin Sabot, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

The primary reason for my wife and I to visit was to see the house and its contents. We were very surprised that the focus was on the life and contributions of Harriet Stowe. The guide struggled to get the group to engage. My wife and i felt very uncomfortable when the whole group was asked to sit and look... More 

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East Granby, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

After living about 20 minutes away from the Harriet Beecher Stowe House, I finally took a trip to get a tour of this historical house. I hadn't expected the tour to be as interactive as it was. The tour guides are trained to get you thinking about what kind of race or minority issues are of importance today, which leads... More 

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Amherst, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

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 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

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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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 33 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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