Harriet Beecher Stowe House
73 Forest Street
Hartford, Hartford County, Connecticut
The Harriet Beecher Stowe House is a historic house museum and National Historic Landmark that was once the home of Harriet Beecher Stowe, author of Uncle Tom's Cabin.
The Stowe House is a two story brick, 5,000 sq ft (460 m2) cottage-style building, painted gray, resting on a brick foundation.
Although the house is basically rectangular, it has a complex roof, with a jerkin-headed gable running parallel to the street, a hip-roof extension to the rear, and small dormers flanking a central dormer flush to the front facade. The gables are decorated with bargeboard, and the eaves have Italianate brackets. The interior of the house follows a fairly conventional center hall plan, with two parlors, dining room, kitchen, and pantry on the first floor, and bedrooms on the second.
After Harriet Beecher Stowe's death in 1896, the property was sold out of the family. It was reacquired by her niece, Katherine Seymour Day, in 1924, who bequeathed her Hartford properties to a foundation dedicated to Stowe's legacy. Now known as the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, this organization carefully restored the property in 1965-68, and now operates it as a historic house museum.
The house is located adjacent to the Mark Twain House.
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The Harriet Beecher Stowe House was the last home of the author of Uncle Tom's Cabin. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1970.
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