Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Harriet Beecher Stowe House Tour

We took a tour of Harriet Beecher Stowe house. This is the house of the woman who is famous for writing Uncle Tom's Cabin. This tour combined my love of three things, history, historical houses, and books. I am a big reader and I love books so this was a great tour to take. The house was completed in 1833. Harriet lived in the house for various periods of time from 1833 till her marriage to Professor Calvin Ellis Stowe in 1836. Harriet gave birth to her first children a set of twins Eliza and Harriet in 1836. Harriet's brother Henry Ward Beecher who also lived in the house was the subject of a Pulitzer-prize winning biography The Most Famous Man in America, written by Debby Applegate.  He was also a Reverend and was a early leader in the woman's suffrage movement. The Beechers and Stowes were some of the most well known families of the 19th century. The house is a beautiful home and it is filled with lot's of history. It was really neat for me to see the house because as a child in grade school we had to read Uncle Tom's Cabin and I loved the book. So it was interesting seeing where the lady lived who wrote the book. I think it is great that thing's like this are pretty much in our back yards. There is so much history and neat thing's to see if you just take the time to look for them. We had a very friendly and knowledgeable young lady that gave us a tour of the downstairs part of the house then after that we were allowed to tour the house on our own. The upstairs had toys and furniture from the 1800's. It was neat to see the little doll's and toys from that time. 
I would recommend everyone to take this tour. And if you have young kids in school this would be a great place for them to go, they will learn about the history of slavery and about the lady who wrote a great book. 
The house is located at 2950 Gilbert Ave. Cincinnati, Ohio.
Their web page is stowehousecincy.org. That will have all the information about the hours they are opened and about the house. It is free to tour the house.
Disclaimer..I am not getting paid to do this post nor did I receive anything. All opinions are my own.

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