Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, Hartford
Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, Hartford - Address, Phone Number, Ticket Price
Address: 77 Forest St, Hartford, CT 06105, USA
Ticket Price: 14 USD
Time Required: 01:30 Hrs
Timings: 09:30 am - 05:00 pm Details
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About Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, Hartford
The historic Harriet Beecher Stowe House was the house of the famous author Harriet Beecher Stowe. It has been declared a National Historic Landmark. The house now operates as a museum and guided tours are provided for the detailed information of visitors. An old carriage house is also located on the premises and in-fact functions as the visitor centre. The house is a must visit for all those who are interested in getting to know the cultural legacy and history of Hartford.
Harriet Beecher Stowe Center Information
- Call and verify tour timings before planning a visit.
Harriet Beecher Stowe Center Ticket Prices
- Adults(17-64): 14 USD
- Senior (65+) and students(18+): 12 USD
- Children(5-16): 8 USD
- Group tour(minimum 10): 12 USD per person.
- For detailed prices and Family tour prices please refer official website.
Harriet Beecher Stowe Center Opening and Closing Hours
- Last tour starts off at 4:30 pm.
How To reach Harriet Beecher Stowe Center by Public Transport
- By Bus: Bus 60-66 stops at Farmington Ave and Gillett St bus station.
- By renting or hiring a car/taxi.
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Historic and very interesting site. Very enjoyable and highly recommended. Photos are allowed inside.
Awesome home museum! Our guide was amazing and really engaging, and answered all of our questions patiently and thoroughly, even though we were the last group of the day and I bet he was ready to go home! Amazing bits of history to be seen here, and definitely sparked great conversation for a while after.
Mixed feeling about the tour of the house, the guide was excellent. I think the tour had only about half an hour of facts, and it was extended by other thought prevoking ideas. Uncle Tom's cabin must have been a very contriversal book.when it was wrote. The tour was very thought prevoking,but found it rather deppressing too. I wondered about her relationship,with her neighbor Mark Twain. Two famous authors living 50 yards,apart. There was no reference to there relationship. I also wondered if there kids,we're friends with each other. These two authors must have been quite the local celebrates of Hartford Connecticut. I wonder if they were sort after guest's,at local dinner parties. Come to think about it,there was no reference to Harriet Beecher Stows domestic staff.I wonder if she had a house keeper,or maid.
I really liked our guide Oliver, he was super but the content was a bit dull. I wanted to know more about her life, and how she lived, and the circumstances of her moving next door to Mark Twain. (The elephant in the room should have been addressed at least in one passing remark.) The renovation is so complete I feel like it left the house with a modern varnished look which dissolves the authenticity of an old historic home. I was interested in the renovation, how and why it was done and any artifacts they found but this was not included at all in the tour. I liked that there was an emotional element to the story of HBS's decision to write Uncle Tom and Oliver highlighted some of the hypocrisies of her life's works. I would have liked to know how she felt after the civil war and how the book affected her personally (finances, family life etc) and how it related to what in essence was her summer retirement home. The tour in my opinion lacked a foundation as to why the story was being narrated in her home and not in a lecture hall at a library. There was very little information given relating her "stuff" to the story of her writing Uncle Tom. All of that was done before she moved to this house. I don't think I'd do the tour again or recommend it to anyone else unless they are a student of HBS and the politics of the civil war.
The guide on our tour was very engaging and knowledgeable. The Mark Twain house is right next door and the two together were an interesting contrast.