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Harriet Beecher Stowe Center

77 Forest St., Hartford, CT 06105
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Ranked #5 of 40 Attractions in Hartford
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
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Owner description: 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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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014 NEW

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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11 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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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17 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
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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baltimore, maryland
13 reviews 13 reviews
9 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Took the combo tour with the Twain house, and after a great tour there with an on-point tour-guide, this was a bit of a letdown. The guide remarked several times that they were in the process of "revamping" the tour to make it more "interactive." Then there were a couple awkward points where we sat in rooms (parlor and kitchen)... More

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Hamilton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

We visited this attraction together with our visit to the Mark Twain House. Although aware of Harriet Beecher Stowe it is only after our visit to both Litchfield and this house that I fully realised exactly who she was and what she had achieved. A lovely visit led by an excellent guide who really knew her stuff.

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Tucson, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

Insightful Tour and lovely house. I'm so glad we did this extension of the Mark Twain tour. Harriet Beecher was catalyst in many of the early starts of the slaves rights. I enjoyed seeing the history and learning more of her life work and purpose. Wonderful tour and stunning grounds.

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Springfield, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

Beautiful home and lovely architecture. We learned so much about this remarkable woman. We particularly enjoyed the bookstore and the garden. Thanks for a pleasant end to our Hartford visit.

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New York City, New York
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36 reviews 36 reviews
25 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

Seeing Stowe's home and learning more about her life is such an inspiration, even today. This is the house she moved into about 10 years after the publication of "Uncle Tom's Cabin." I gained insights into her family, neighbors (Mark Twain, Gillette family, Charles Dudley Warner), and her literary career that included more than 30 books. Would like to give... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

I learned many things about Harriet Beecher Stowe that I hadn't known before. Wonderful tour and everyone is professional and knowledgeable. We felt welcomed. Delightful and eye opening. While you are there don't forget to check out the Mark Twain House!

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