Harriet Beecher Stowe Center

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Harriet Beecher Stowe Center

Harriet Beecher Stowe Center
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Historic Sites • Gardens • History Museums
Monday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
12:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Friday
11:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
About
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 are regularly offered.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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Emily M
United States926 contributions
Sep 2021
This was a great tour of the house and the life of Harriet Beecher Stowe. Greatly appreciated the small group tour and the interaction during the tour - it added so much to the experience. Highly recommend.
Written December 19, 2021
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dustythoughts
Manchester, CT1,388 contributions
Nov 2021
This small house/museum is meant to be testament to Stowe's life, and I think that it is in some ways, but it has the potential to be much more than it actually is. The tour guide did his best, but a lot of the items in the house were not the actual thing, and a lot of rooms were closed off, so we couldn't actually see much of the house (which was small anyway). I think I would have given this place a higher rating if I hadn't recently been to the nearby Mark Twain House, which is very well-researched and has great tours.
Written November 26, 2021
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Dell T
3 contributions
Sep 2021
We were expecting a tour, but instead we got a discussion session. This format did not give us the best overview of Stowe's life or work. We came away not really knowing that much about the woman herself. The discussion was philosophical and political and was uncomfortable at times.
Written October 14, 2021
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Jamestravalot
Houston9 contributions
Sep 2021 • Family
Excellent ! Our tour guide Jasmine brought history to life. Well worth a visit. A very balance view of Uncle Tom’s Cabin and author Harriet Beecher Stowe importance in history
Written September 4, 2021
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SBGiGi
Santa Barbara, CA142 contributions
Aug 2021
Interesting little house that Harriet lived in as her last home. It's a small house, and you don't get to tour the whole thing, so that was disappointing. They talked about the other rooms, but that was almost worse, since we couldn't see them!

Our guide was in his first week of being a guide, so he didn't have a lot of knowledge, unfortunately. He really couldn't answer any of our questions, either.

If you are going for only this museum, i would skip it! But if you want to do it on the same day as you do the Mark Twain house (next door) then it is an interesting addition.
Written August 13, 2021
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Bill A
Tampa, FL345 contributions
Jul 2021
We were not expecting much - but we had two great tour guides who gave us a bucket ful of history in a fun and interesting tour. The items in the house - as you'll find out if you go - are mostly of the time when Harriet lived there.
Written July 12, 2021
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wslin86
Oviedo, FL195 contributions
May 2021
A mixed experience. It was fascinating to be in the house and learn new things about Stowe and the development of her views and her voice as a societal pioneer. The tour was well-paced, and overall, it was a thought-provoking experience. The house, however, is filled with more period-pieces than artifacts, unless our guide was unaware. There were, however, several notable pieces with informative significance. The gift shop is really a modern social justice library, which is fine, but it severely lacks in Stowe-related items. At $20 per person, it is rather expensive compared to other relevant tours in New England. If you have a penchant for Stowe, her work or her impact, you will enjoy this experience. There is also a lot of good literature about her life without the tour.
Written June 1, 2021
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Yaacov D
1 contribution
Sep 2019
It is obvious to all that Mrs. Stowe believed in the truth of the Bible, its placement in society as a beacon of truth, and its authority as the word of God. Just read her letter to Frederick Douglas, and you will see. It is equally obvious that she drew her strength and commitment from this sacred text to advocate for the very great and positive social transformation that she did.

How terribly disappointing to then see the arrogance of those who run this home now.

Nothing of the ethos that actually shaped history is meaningfully presented. Rather, in its stead you will find critical race theory, contemporary victimization narratives, and an assorted collection of materials that are 100% secular in their approach.

While the staff is clearly free to disagree with the Biblical sources, it is disgusting to be in a place where the staff exhibit such profound disrespect for the very person whose life they are trying to celebrate.
Written August 7, 2020
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Poppy67Lancaster_Pa_
Lancaster, PA17 contributions
Mar 2020
We had the pleasure of visiting the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center on Sunday, March 8th. Our tour guide was Jasmine. She was very knowledgeable about Harriet and the things that were going on in the country. Jasmine was very lively with a smile during her presentation. She made you feel comfortable right from the start. A positive point in her presentation was introducing herself and having us introduce our self and tell her where we were from. SUPER TOUR!
Written March 14, 2020
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Irish451006
Hartford, CT95 contributions
May 2019
We toured the house with several guides. They knew a lot of back ground about the family. They are revamping the house to what it was It is better to view it in the spring so you can see the flowers.
Written February 3, 2020
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Harriet Beecher Stowe Center is open:
  • Mon - Mon 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Thu - Thu 12:30 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Fri - Fri 11:30 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Sat - Sat 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM


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