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Harriet Beecher Stowe Center

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Address: 77 Forest St, Hartford, CT 06105-3243
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+1 860-522-9258
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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This home is under renovation. Alternate tour was through an adjacent home. Still worth the price of admission. Unique lead in to Stowe's life and history prior to the tours... read more

Reviewed December 18, 2016
Amsterdam, New York
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Amsterdam, New York
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Reviewed December 18, 2016

This home is under renovation. Alternate tour was through an adjacent home. Still worth the price of admission. Unique lead in to Stowe's life and history prior to the tours. Some basic knowledge of HB Stowe would be helpful.

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Bethel, Connecticut
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Reviewed December 7, 2016

Even though this house is undergoing renovations the tour was wonderful. The tour guide told us a great deal about Harriet Beecher Stowe and we had a chance to sit down in a couple of places to learn more about Harriet's beliefs and experiences and share our own experiences in the context of some of the important issues she wrote... More 

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Tucson, Arizona
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Reviewed November 27, 2016 via mobile

We walked over after going through the Mark Twain house since it was so close. We enjoyed it a lot. We were the only people in our group so we basically got a private and tailored to us tour. Our guide did a good mix of telling us about the history and letting us actively participate in the discussion. The... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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Reviewed November 14, 2016

I was hesitant to do the tour because the original house is actually undergoing renovations. But I'm so glad I did it! This is not really a house tour - it's a conversation on slavery, on the time when Ms. Stowe lived and on society as a whole. Our guide was so sweet and knowledgeable, and it was really a... More 

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Freeport, NY
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Reviewed November 3, 2016

The Stowe Center is located a few feet away from the Mark Twain house, so we walked over. The staff is quite earnest but the "Center" is basically a few walls of photos of the Beecher family and another wall showing quotes about the author from famous contemporaries through to the modern era. The actual house where Mrs. Stowe lived... More 

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

We are sorry you were disappointed in your visit. The Stowe House is indeed undergoing important interior preservation -- the first major work since it opened to the public in 1968. The National Historic Landmark will be fully accessible in spring/summer 2017. During preservation, the Stowe Center tour includes two other historic buildings on the property: the 1873 Visitor Center... More 

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Reviewed November 2, 2016

Enjoyed this visit a lot. Went on a whim and thought it was fantastic. Loved everything about it and might even return.

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Reviewed October 28, 2016 via mobile

Life of Harriet Beecher was fascinating and very remarkable for a XIX century society. Unfortunately the house is being remodeled and we were unable to visit. However, the guide person was fantastic and you will enjoy a nice visit. If you want to wait, the remodeling will be completed by June 2017.

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Hunter Valley, NSW
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Reviewed October 26, 2016

Harriet Beecher Stowe's home is in the process of being brought back to its original condition so there is a lot of work going on at the moment. The Center houses a very good display of photos & items from the house as well as some insightful pictorial presentations. The tour of the house begins with a guided group discussion... More 

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Reviewed October 16, 2016 via mobile

We came to the HBS Center on a weekday which is why it was not at all crowded and we were the only ones applying for the last afternoon tour that day. Still, the staff was very welcoming and even informed us about the reconstruction work going on at the moment before the tour began. Our guide was a very... More 

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Sandy, Utah, Usa
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Reviewed October 13, 2016

Beautifully preserved and restored. All authentic. Steeped with history. Plenty of available parking and very public area-safe.

Thank Leo B

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