Discover how Stowe's story can inspire you to action. Visit the neighborhood where she lived for 33 years. Take a guided tour of her home.
The Harriet Beecher Stowe Center includes the Harriet Beecher Stowe House, the Katharine Seymour Day House and the Visitor Center with the museum store, historic gardens and Stowe's Nook Farm neighborhood.
A visit to the Stowe Center begins with the Harriet Beecher Stowe House, a charming Victorian Gothic Revival home (1871), and includes Victorian-style gardens, the Katharine Seymour Day House (1884), a grand mansion adjacent to the Stowe House and the Stowe Visitor Center (1873), with changing exhibitions and the museum store.
Open year round.
A guided tour of the Stowe House provides an intimate glimpse into the life of the author whose words changed the world with the ground-breaking anti-slavery novel, Uncle Tom's Cabin.
Seasonal and themed tours relating to Stowe's multiple interests demonstrate how each of us can participate in positive change. Visitors learn about Stowe's life, about the people that influenced her and those she influenced, and what it all means in the 21st century.Seasonal and themed tour topics include:
Visit the Activity Table in the Visitor Center to participate in a free "Make It and Take It" activity for kids of all ages. Changes monthly.
Take the "I Spy" scavenger hunt on any tour and win a prize by locating objects in the Stowe House.
An interactive hand's-on tour with a kid's-eye view of Stowe's family home. Props, activities and storytelling are used in this family-friendly offering. Reservations requested. Available at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday in July and August, or any time by advance reservation.
Check the calendar for additional vacation week tours.
Experience the Stowe House on a living history tour with one of Stowe's twin daughters. Meet an interpreter dressed as Eliza or Hattie Stowe for a glimpse into life at the Stowe House and discuss what it's like being the daughter of a famous and influential author.
Offered the 3rd Saturday of every month at 10:30 A.M., or any time by advanced reservation. Check the calendar for dates.
Final Friday of every month at 7:30 PM and every Friday and Saturday in October at 6:30. 7:30 and 8:30 PM.
A trip to the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center is the perfect outing for your organization or book club. We offer a variety of seasonal and themed tours led by historic interpreters. Groups may choose the tour closest to their interest, regardless of calendar. Options ensure that each visit will be different from the last. Group tours are available any day, year round, by advance reservation.
Contact the Visitor Center Coordinator at 860.522.9258 ext 317 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to request a group tour date.
For K-12 school tours and programs, see School Programs.
Please click here to download a map of the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center grounds.
Inspired by Harriet Beecher Stowe's passion for plants and nature, these overflowing, intimate cottage gardens showcase colorful wildflowers, high Victorian plants and a rich display of tulips.
Please click here to download a self-guided garden tour.
Nook Farm Tour
Welcome to Harriet Beecher Stowe's Nook Farm neighborhood, the 19th century home of influential writers, artists, politicians and social activists.
Please click here to learn more and download the self-guided Nook Farm walking tour.