Please Note: The Harriet Beecher Stowe House is curently undergoing renovation. The site is open and tours continue but there may be some areas of the house that will not be accessible. We apologize for the inconvenience but are excited to share with our guests the finished results of the renovation. If you have questions, please call ahead before visiting the Harriet Beecher Stowe House.
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.
This house was home to Harriet Beecher before her marriage to Calvin Stowe in 1836, and to her father, Rev. Lyman Beecher, and his large family, a prolific group of religious leaders, educators, writers and antislavery and women’s rights advocates. The Beecher family includes Harriet’s sister, Catherine Beecher, an early educator and writer who helped found numerous high schools and colleges for women; brother Rev. Henry Ward Beecher, a leader of the women’s suffrage movement and considered by some to be the most eloquent minister of his time; Gen. 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 women’s rights advocate.
The Beechers lived in Cincinnati for nearly 20 years, from 1832 to the early 1850s, before returning east. Shortly after leaving Cincinnati (and basing her writing on her experiences in Cincinnati), in 1851–1852 Harriet Beecher Stowe wrote the best-selling book of its time, Uncle Tom’s Cabin, a fictionalized account of the pain slavery imposed on its victims and of the difficult struggles of slaves to escape and travel via 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.
The site is also an American Writers Museum affiliate.
Enjoy a free community movie night! Bring your own lawn chair and/or blankets. About the movie: 42 tells the story of two men – the great Jackie Robinson (Chadwick Boseman) and the legendary Brooklyn Dodgers manager Branch Rickey (Harrison Ford) – whose brave stand against prejudice forever changed the world by changing the game of […]
The Harriet Beecher Stowe House has evolved significantly over nearly 200 years from its original purpose as the president’s home on the Lane Seminary campus, to a busy boarding house and gathering place for Black community leaders, to an Ohio History Connection site. As the historic restoration continues, we are uncovering new questions and answers […]
Get into Halloween spirit by reading three Gothic tales, two from Harriet’s time and one from ours, to see how these authors use elements of terror and horror to unsettle their audiences and question status quo. Discussion led by Dr. John Getz and Dr. Kristen Renzi of Xavier University.
Discuss Myra MacPherson’s book The Scarlet Sisters: Sex, Suffrage, and Scandal in the Guilded age for a fresh look at Victoria Woodhull and Tennessee “Tennie” Claflin-the most fascinating and scandalous sisters in American history. Learn how their connections to the Beecher family made headlines.
On the first day of Native American Heritage Month, we’ll listen to one of the earliest Native American voices crying out for justice for his people. Even as the Trail of Tears was being walked by Native Americans from the Southeast, a Native American from the Northeast spoke out for justice for his own displaced […]
As 2023 draws to a close, we can all use some hope and inspiration for 2024. We’ll discuss parting words from or about several Civil Rights activists to see what guidance they may offer for the coming year. Suggested reading: Ossie Davis, “Eulogy for Malcolm X” (1965) Martin Luther King Jr. “I’ve been to the […]