Tour Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Home

Harriet Beecher Stowe Home, Hartford, Connecticut (Photo Credit: Wikipedia - Midnightdreary)
Harriet Beecher Stowe Home, Hartford, Connecticut | Photo Credit: Wikipedia - Midnightdreary

Situated in Hartford, Connecticut lies the home that famed abolitionist and author Harriet Beecher Stowe called home for over 23 years. Famous for writing the popular Uncle Tom’s Cabin, she lived in one of the most well to do areas of the city. In fact, one of her neighbors was Mark Twain!


Harriet Beecher Stowe authored over 30 books in her literary career. She was born in 1811 to a family who had 11 children. From a young age, Harriet loved to write and wanted to help change the world in a positive way through her work. When she was 21, she moved with her family to Cincinnati, Ohio where she later met her husband, Calvin. They had seven children together. However, before she married she had already published two works.

Calvin was a theology professor and they moved to Brunswick, Maine in 1850 so he could lecture at his alma mater Bowdoin College. They later wintered in Florida and moved to Massachusetts before landing in Hartford. Harriet designed and built her dream home that was a mansion she called Oakholm, but she decided to sell it after it was too costly to maintain and local factories made it undesirable.

In 1873, Calvin and Harriet Beecher Stowe moved into this existing home that had been constructed two years prior. Harriet was very involved in the Hartford community and became engaged in local charity organization. She also traveled often to lecture and share her literary works.

Although Harriet passed away in this home in 1896, years later her grandniece Katherine Day purchased the home. Katherine later purchased neighbor Mark Twain’s home. Today, the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center is preserved as a museum dedicated to the works of Mrs. Stowe and her strides in the abolition movement.

Plan Your Visit

The Harriet Beecher Stowe House is located at 77 Forest Street in Hartford, Connecticut. 

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