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Harriet Beecher Stowe Center

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Address: 77 Forest St, Hartford, CT 06105-3243
Phone Number: 18605229258
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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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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Harriet Beecher Stowe's house is currently being renovated. It will be finished next year. However, the Center has done a wonderful job of creating a fabulous historical... read more

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New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Harriet Beecher Stowe's house is currently being renovated. It will be finished next year. However, the Center has done a wonderful job of creating a fabulous historical experience for the visitor. They provide an excellent overview of her life and writings. But the most interesting part of the tour was provided by our guide who took us to the parlor... More 

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Munich, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The tour through Harriet Beecher-Stowe's house is not only interesting because you get a good overview how she lived, but also because you will hear a lot of in-depth information from the guide. Just combine with a visit to the next door's Mark Twain house.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2016 via mobile

I love history and hearing about events and actions in more detail. Stop here for a tour if you are passing through. Great staff and great info on a great American writer. I'd like more time next time I am passing through. Stop and learn something new!!!

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Washington, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2016

But, they life and story of Harriet Beecher Stow was well told by our excellent docent Jennifer. I just wish there was more to see. Come back next year and maybe it will be finished. But in the meantime, her message and her writings are well presented. When you go to the Mark Twain House, go to this house too.

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

Thank you for visiting the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center. We are proud of the work of our trained interpreters who bring to life Stowe's story and the impact of her best selling anti-slavery novel "Uncle Tom's Cabin". As you noted, the 1871 Stowe House is undergoing important preservation work through spring 2017. Until then, the tour takes place in the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2016

My family enjoyed our visit to the HBS center. The experience offered a glimpse into Beecher-Stowe's contribution to the American narrative. What was most impressive was the interactive/conversational experience we as participants were afforded. Our guide/facilitator was informed, articulate and patient (taking the time to thoughtfully respond to posed questions and comments). Next door to the HBS center is the... More 

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

Thank you for visiting and for taking time to post a review of your experience at the Stowe Center. We're delighted you enjoyed our new interactive tour that connects the past to the present and encourages visitors to take action on social justice issues meaningful to them, just as Stowe did in writing her best selling anti-slavery novel "Uncle Tom's... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2016

I visited the Center along with the nearby Mark Twain House. The home is currently undergoing restoration. Don't miss the tour, though - there are a number of interactive features which make this experience invaluable and thought provoking. This Center is well worth the visit!

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

Thank you for visiting and for taking time to write a review. We're so glad you enjoyed our interactive tour which connects the past to the present and inspires visitors to take action on current issues of social justice. Harriet Beecher Stowe's life, work and impact continue to inspire people around the world! More 

Davenport, Nebraska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2016

My sisters and I visited the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center after visiting another attraction. They have a deal with the Mark Twain House to discount tickets if visit both attractions. The docent was very good and had excellent stories. They have one wall of testimonials to the impact of Harriet Beecher Stowe that was very powerful. Great attraction!

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

Thank you for visiting and for your nice review! We are so glad you enjoyed your experience. More 

pleasant valley
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2016

We had a lovely tour guide, her name started with a K. she was so knowledgeable about Harriet and the Beecher family and gave a very interactive tour where she asked us how would we feel if exposed to the sights and sounds of the slavery that HBS was exposed to. Made me really admire that brave woman to take... More 

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

Thank you for visiting and for your great review! As you noted, the Stowe House is undergoing preservation work through spring 2017. Until then, the tour focuses on two additional historic buildings on the Stowe Center campus, one of which is a gilded age mansion rarely open for public tours and filled with Stowe's own furnishings and artifacts. Visitors can... More 

Overland Park, Kansas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2016 via mobile

The docent did a great job informing the tour group about Harriet Beecher Stowe, but her home is in the early stages of renovations which should be complete in the Spring of 2017. I would wait until then to tour. Very insightful, but seeing the restored home would have enhanced the experience!

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

Yes, Stowe's home, a National Historic Landmark, is undergoing important preservation work. As renovations take place, the Stowe Center's tour has expanded to include three buildings: the Harriet Beecher Stowe House, the 1873 Visitor Center, and 1884 mansion Katharine Seymour Day House. When possible during renovation, visitors go inside Stowe’s home to see the renovation and to learn more about... More 

Austin, Texas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2016 via mobile

I hesitated on taking the tour when I found out the house was being renovated, but I went ahead anyway. I have mixed feelings about whether that was the right decision. As someone mentioned previously, you spend the first part of the tour in a room of the visitors center. Honestly, I don't know why this is part of the... More 

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

Thank you for the feedback. Open to the public for 50 years, the Harriet Beecher Stowe House is worn and systems are outdated, putting important historic artifacts at risk. As a result, the National Historic Landmark home is undergoing interior renovation. During this necessary work, tour locations have been expanded and now include three buildings: the Harriet Beecher Stowe House,... More 

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