2950 Gilbert Ave.
Cincinnati Ohio 45206United States
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Fans of the novel Uncle Tom's Cabin appreciate the excellent tour of this small historic home.
Now that it has regular hours for visiting, there's no reason to miss the Harriet Beecher Stowe house in Cincinnati. Run and faithfully maintained by The Friends of the Harriet Beecher Stowe House, this home was once occupied by the author of "Uncle Tom's Cabin," the 1852 best-selling novel that ignited the antislavery movement and is widely credited for being a driving force behind the start of the Civil War. Stowe moved to Cincinnati and to this house in 1832, when her father, Lyman Beecher, became president of Lane Seminary (a hotbed of antislavery activity). She lived in the home until 1836, when she married Calvin Stowe. Even after she moved out, she still visited frequently, and her first two children were born there. In fact, it's thought that many prominent people visited the home because the Beechers were an influential family and connected in literary and political circles. Although the original house has been added onto, you still get a sense of how the Beechers may have lived. With the exception of the desk in the study, none of the furniture belonged to the Beechers, but the Friends have done a great job re-creating the feel, filling the home with pictures, sketches, and other biographical information about Stowe. Volunteers staff the home during visiting hours and are happy to give a tour and talk about the history of the home and details about Stowe's life. It only takes about 45 minutes, but is definitely of interest, especially for history or literature buffs.