Harriet Beecher Stowe House
Harriet Beecher Stowe, author of Uncle Tom’s Cabin (1852), was born in Litchfield, CT in 1811. The daughter of a minister, she and her 10 siblings were all raised and educated to “shape their world.” Harriet did so through her writing, which focused on social issues of the day, including the abolition of slavery. She married Professor Calvin Stowe, whom she met when her family was living in Cincinnati, OH, and had seven children of her own. The Stowes subsequently lived in Brunswick, ME and Andover, MA; they also had a second home in Mandarin, FL. In the mid 1860s, they built their dream home in Hartford, then a hub of affluence and culture. Upon being forced to sell it, in 1873, they settled into this brick cottage in the leafy Nook Farm district where, the following year, Mark Twain became a neighbor.
Tours of the Stowe House take in the first and second floors, which are filled with family possessions, including mementoes of their many travels. The nearby Katherine Seymour Day House, a brick Queen Anne Victorian (1884) that belonged to Stowe’s grandniece---the woman responsible for restoring her great-aunt’s cottage---contains the Stowe Center Library with first-floor exhibits. At the Stowe Visitor Center, inside what was once the Day estate’s carriage house, be sure to inquire about combo tours of both the Stowe House and the Picturesque Gothic Revival Mark Twain House, just around the corner on Farmington Avenue.
77 Forest St.
- Hartford, Connecticut 06105
- 41.76640700, -72.70017500
- Mon.--Sat. 9:30--5; Sun. noon--5; last tour at 4:30. (Closed Tues. in Jan. and Feb.)
- Visit Website
- (860) 522-9258