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Harriet Beecher Stowe Center

Explore the worldwide impact of Stowe's 1852 anti-slavery novel Uncle Tom's Cabin. Engage with collections that belonged to Stowe and her family. Connect 19th century issues to today's headlines. Learn how you can create positive change.

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Her words changed the world with Uncle Tom’s Cabin, the groundbreaking anti-slavery novel (1852). The Harriet Beecher Stowe Center includes the Stowe House (1871), a National Historic Landmark; the Katharine Seymour Day House (1884), and Victorian grounds and gardens. Open year round for individual and group tours. The Stowe Visitor Center (1873) includes the museum store with distinctive books and gifts; research library is available by appointment.

For a safe outdoor activity, download the self-guided garden experience, walk the grounds and interact with the Solitary Garden. Stowe was an enthusiastic gardner, creating and tending flower and vegetavle gardens at all of her homes and publised numerous gardening articles and poems. Inspired by her writing, the Stowe Center gardens feature shade-loving perennials, colorful annuals, shrubs, meadow flowers, and more. The gardens include Connecticut's largest Merrill Magnolia and Common Paw Paw trees; grafts from the Stowe Dogwood, and the Garden Club of America's award-winning heritage roses.

The Stowe House Experience: Discover the most famous American woman of the 19th century, Uncle Tom's Cabin's worldwide impact, and Stowe's memorabilia and family furnishings. Discuss 19th century issues that connect to today's headlines and ways YOU can create positive change.

The Stowe-Twain Experience: Tour the Stowe Center and receive $3 off a tour of the neighboring Mark Twain House & Museum.

Group Tours: Available by advance reservation for groups of 10 or more.  To schedule contact: GroupSales@StoweCenter.org or 860-522-9258, ext. 307.

School Tours: Guided tours by museum educators available for grades K-12. Students learn about Harriet Beecher Stowe, life in Victorian Hartford, abolition, and how everyone can make a difference in their community. Call for reservations, 860-522-9258 ext. 308 or email SchoolPrograms@StoweCenter.org.

The Family Tour: Storytelling, journaling and historic photographs/letters for kids 5-12 with an adult. 1:30 PM weekends and Tuesdays & Thursdays in July and August. Reservations recommended: 860-522-9258, ext. 317.

Other amenities: Dining nearby, Gift Shop, Parking

 

Pricing: Adults $14, seniors and students $12, children (5-16) $8, under 5 free.

Other Amenities: Bus Parking, Gift Shop, Groups Welcome, Guided Group Tours

Dates of Operation: Open year round.

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Location:

77 Forest St.
Hartford, CT 06105

Hours:

2020: Due to COVID-19 the Stowe Center is closed to the public for tours. Check the website for outdoor activities and virtual programs.
Regular hours: Mon.-Sat. 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun. Noon-5 p.m.; research library by appt. only. Closed Tuesdays. Jan.-Mar. Closed Jan. 1, Easter, July 4, Thanksgiving and Dec. 24-25.

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