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Stowe Center exteriorHer words changed the world.

In 1862, Abraham Lincoln is reported to have greeted Harriet Beecher Stowe with the words, “So you are the little woman who wrote the book that started this great war.”  Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin was the best-selling book of the 19th century – only The Bible out-sold it.  Published in 70 languages, the book set off a firestorm of abolitionist fervor, galvanizing sentiment against the institution of American slavery and paving the way to the Civil War.

Stowe’s final residence, a National Historic Landmark, is filled with original art and furnishings, reflecting her widespread interests.  Nestled among award-winning gardens in Hartford’s literary Nook Farm neighborhood (sharing a lawn with her friend, Mark Twain), this Victorian Gothic cottage provides unique insights into this groundbreaking activist.  Illuminating exhibitions explore the impact of Harriet Beecher Stowe’s resonant life.

The Harriet Beecher Stowe House is handicapped accessible on the first floor only.  The Harriet Beecher Stowe Visitor Center is accessible with handicapped restrooms accessible in the adjacent Mark Twain Museum Center.

77 Forest Street, Hartford, CT