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Harriet Beecher Stowe

Home of Harriet Beecher Stowe, author of Uncle Tom's Cabin
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    • Everyone: Free

    May 1–Labor Day (Wed) : 10 a.m.–1 p.m.

    May 1–November 30 (Thurs & Sat) : 10 a.m.–1 p.m.   

    Closed Thanksgiving–January 31

    Federal holidays and group visits by appointment
     

    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.
     

    Handicapped Accessibility: 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.

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Visit

Tour the Cincinnati home where Harriet Beecher Stowe lived during her formative years that later led her to write the best-selling novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Learn about the author, the Beecher and Stowe families, the Underground Railroad and the women’s rights movements of the 1830s–1860s. Average visit time: Allow 1+ hours

Because the Beecher family assisted freedom seekers while living here, the house is also a recognized site on the National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom. While in the Cincinnati area, learn more about slavery and the Underground Railroad by visiting the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center; the Ohio History Connection’s John Rankin House in Ripley; and the John Parker House in Ripley.

History

This 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 fugitive slave laws were enacted by Congress in 1850, the book made Harriet Beecher Stowe a household name. Uncle Tom's Cabin has been published in over 75 languages and is still an important text used in schools all over the world.

The Harriet Beecher Stowe House is managed locally by the Friends of the Harriet Beecher Stowe House, Inc.