The Harriet Beecher Stowe House is operated as an historical and cultural site, focusing on Harriet Beecher Stowe, author of Uncle Tom's Cabin. The site also includes a look into the family, friends, and colleagues of the Beecher-Stowe family, Lane Seminary, and the abolitionist, womens rights and Underground Railroad movements in which these historical figures participated in the 1830's to 1860's, as well as African-American history related to these movements
The house was home to Harriet Beecher Stowe prior to her marriage and to her father, Rev. Lyman Beecher, and his large family, a prolific group of religious leaders, educators, writers, and antislavery and womens rights advocates. The Beecher family includes Harriet's sister, Catherine Beecher, an early female educator and writer who helped found numerous high schools and colleges for women; brother Rev. Henry Ward Beecher, a leader of the womens suffrage movement and considered by some to be the most eloquent minister of his time; General James Beecher, a Civil War general who commanded the first African-American troops in the Union Army recruited from the South; and sister Isabella Beecher Hooker, a womens rights advocate.
The Beechers lived in Cincinnati for nearly 20 years, from 1832 to the early 1850's, before returning East. Shortly after leaving Cincinnati and basing her writing on her experiences in Cincinnati, in 1851-1852, Harriet Beecher Stowe authored the best-selling book of its time, Uncle Tom's Cabin, a fictionalized popular account of the pain slavery imposed on its victims and of the difficult struggles of slaves to escape and travel, on the Underground Railroad, to freedom in the northern states or Canada. Published just after the draconian fugitive slave laws were enacted by the US Congress in 1850, the book made Harriet Beecher Stowe's name a household word in the United States. Uncle Tom's Cabin has been published in over 75 languages and is still an important text used in schools all over the world. Written at a time when women did not vote, have legal rights, or even speak in public meetings, Uncle Tom's Cabin became an important part of the social fabric and thought that eventually caused the Civil War to break out and the southern slaves to be emancipated by President Abraham Lincoln, effective in 1863. Uncle Tom's Cabin is a remarkable example of how one person can make a huge impact to improve the lives of millions of people.
When Harriet Beecher Stowe met President Abraham Lincoln in 1862, he is said to have exclaimed, "So you are the little woman who wrote the book that started this great war!"
The Stowe House offers cultural events and programming and the House and grounds are available to groups for rental for meetings and special events.
The adjoining grounds are maintained by the Cincinnati Park Board.
The site is operated by experienced volunteers. We are also seeking new volunteers to assist in a wide variety of activities at the Stowe House. Training is available. Please contact the volunteer coordinator if you are interested in helping to preserve the Stowe House and its heritage for future generations.
May 1 - Labor Day
Tuesday - Saturday:
10 - 2 p
Labor Day - Thanksgiving
Thursday: 10 – 1 p
Saturday: 10 - 1 p
Thanksgiving - January 31
February 1 - April 30
Thursday: 10 - 1 p
Saturday: 10 - 1 p
Closed for major holidays Last Sunday of the month a Cultural or Arts program will be offered. Call for details or to confirm time. 4 - 6 p.m.
School and tour groups welcome. Groups of 10 or more will be requested to make a contribution of $ 25 or more, depending on size of the group and the scheduling of the visit.
Ohio Historical Society strives to meet ADA requirements. However, historic structures and outdoor areas provide challenges that make it difficult to provide complete access to all visitors. Please call the site with specific questions and concerns.
The ground floor of the mansion house, upper floor of the barn, and all other public areas are handicapped accessible. Photos of the second floor of the mansion house are available for handicapped persons to view. Interpreters are available to talk to vision impaired visitors.
Near Harriet Beecher Stowe House Historic Site
View Southwest Region in a larger map