Expect a conversational, interactive tour where you can participate along with your guide. Hear about Stowe’s life and the impact of the anti-slavery novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Connect the past to the present as you discuss social issues of the 19th century and today.
Conversations set our tours apart. You aren’t talked AT but rather, invited to speak WITH. Open, thoughtful discussions that respect difference allow us all to better understand each other and many important topics. You will engage with ideas about Harriet’s courage to speak up about the inequities of the 19th century—many of which persist today.
See the beautifully preserved Victorian Gothic cottage, now a National Historic Landmark, where Harriet Beecher Stowe lived for 23 years.
Explore the Nook Farm neighborhood, an 1800s community of intellectuals, political leaders, authors, and scholars who influenced the country’s intellectual and social development.
Leave feeling inspired that you too can create positive change.
NEW HOURS: Fridays from 12:00pm – 5:00pm, Saturdays from 10:00am – 5:00pm, AND SUNDAYS from 10:00am – 5:00pm (last tour goes out at 4:00pm). Join us to move the conversation forward on how you too can change the world.
We are excited to once again participate in the CT Summer at the Museum program, which grants us funding to offer Connecticut Kids Free Admission along with one adults from the household (July 1 – Sept 4).
Hartford City Residents are always free
Do you have something to put pen(cil) to paper? Or maybe, key to keyboard? Let this room be a space for you to immerse yourself and activate your creative social justice work.
Laptops are welcome, but make sure you charge up before you come as we have no power outlets to offer. Pencils only, please; no pens permitted!
Guests may spend up to two hours sharing the same creative space that Stowe herself used.
Over a span of 40 weeks, publishing Uncle Tom’s Cabin in weekly newspaper installments, Harriet’s words changed the world.
What will yours be?
Grab some friends and make your way over to Harriet’s Backyard! A soon-to-be ecologically diverse and barrier free greenspace; one of its kind in Asylum Hill!
Sit under the shade and enjoy the open lawn, spread out a blanket and break out the snacks, or bring your own games and chill out. Whatever you do, the Stowe Center is building a community space for all to feel welcome.
The Stowe Center’s 2.5 acre campus will be environmentally sound and feature accessible pathways, seating, enhanced lighting, wayfinding and interpretive signage. It will also include multiple gardens—including native plantings, sensory gardens, and raised-bed vegetable gardens.