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“Great stopping point for historic tour”

Harriet Beecher Stowe House
Ranked #86 of 182 things to do in Cincinnati
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Owner description: Former home of the author who wrote Uncle Tom's Cabin.
Cincinnati, Ohio
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27 reviews
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“Great stopping point for historic tour”
Reviewed November 17, 2012

This was very interesting as we were traveling around for historic homes and Cincinnati history. Amazing what history is to be found outside our own doorsteps.

Visited June 2012
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Chicago, Illinois
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“Educational”
Reviewed August 15, 2012

Great way to learn about Harriet Beecher Stowe's life and experiences before moving to Ct. I visited her home in Ct. last year and after planning a zip lining trip to Cincinnati area, realized she had lived here as well so I stopped in. It was well worth the visit. Area around the house is a little seedy but don't let it deter you. Picked up a pamphlet there on Maysville Kentucky. The original Underground Railroad Museum is located there. Along the way to that museum I stopped at the Rankin House(also a stop on the UR). The John Parker house is also on the route to Maysville. Would recommend them all.

Visited August 2012
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cincinnati, ohio
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“It Wasn't Written Here”
Reviewed August 1, 2012

Sorry to tell you that but Uncle Tom's Cabin was written after Harriett and her husband Calvin Stowe left Cincinnati moving to Bowdoin College in Maine. The irony here is that the Maine regiment of Joshua Chamberlain (see book KILLER ANGELS), who was affiliated with Bowdoin, held the left end of the Federal line on the second day of Gettysburg. Had that regiment not stopped Lee's troops, the battle and the end result of the war may well have been radically different. How coincidential to have two people who so greatly influenced the events of the American Civil War so closely intertwined.
What was important about her years here was the developmental influence it played in her life and her attitudes toward slavery. She moved into this house in 1830 with her father Lyman(along with 11 siblings) when he became the first president of Lane Seminary, suffered through the Lane Debates in 1834, and the race riots here in 1836. It would be her association with the escaped slaves - and the stories of slavery they told - and with the abolitionists of Lane that would provide her the stories that would be intertwined to become the plot of UNCLE TOM'S CABIN. For instance, the story of Eliza crossing the ice was based upon an actual event in Ripley, Ohio, another hotbed of abolitionism.
Currently, the house is owned by the Ohio Historical Society(www.ohiohistory.org) but run by a volunteer group(www.stowehousecincy.org) for OHS on a shoestring budget that limits hours(10AM-2PM daily) and days open. Check the website before you go. Parking is on the street adjacent to the property(valuables in the trunk, please). Donations are desparately needed if you visit.

Visited July 2012
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San Diego, CA
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“Harriet Beecher Stowe in Cinncinnati!”
Reviewed July 30, 2012

I came across the fact that this historic site was in Cincinnati through a children's biography. I had no idea that Harriet Beecher Stowe lived in Cincinnati for almost 20 years and that living there had a massive impact on her as the future author of Uncle Tom's Cabin. We had the pleasure of being guided around by the president of the organization that maintains the property. Although sparsely furnished there are informative panels in various rooms guiding you through the history of the Beecher family in Cincinnati and "the little woman who wrote the book that started this great war", according to Abraham Lincoln. Best suited for a visit by children middle school age and higher who might have some background knowledge about the Civil War. Admittance is free although a donation is appreciated, but not pointed out in any way. The opening hours are limited as it is run by volunteers so be sure to check first.

Visited July 2012
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Ann Arbor, MI
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“An important piece of history”
Reviewed April 8, 2012

I didn't want to leave my first visit to Cincinnati without visiting the Harriet Beecher Stowe house. She was an incredibly strong woman who played an important role in the history of our country when she wrote "Uncle Tom's Cabin." My children and I enjoyed learning about her family of origin, her own children, her work, and her motivation. The docent gave us lots of information - it was definitely an educational experience. We stayed just under two hours to really examine and read everything, but could have stayed longer. Most people would probably finish in less time, but my family takes a long time in museums.

Visited April 2012
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