Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Harriet Beecher Stowe House - Hartford


Above is the Harriet Beecher Stowe house in Hartford, Connecticut. Walk around to the backyard and you see Mark Twain’s house across the lawn. Just this would be enough to give Hartford the reputation of being one of the foremost cities in 19th Century America. There were plenty of other reasons, but progressive social reform through literature was as good as any of them.

The author of over fifty books in an era when few women had careers of their own, Harriet Beecher Stowe is sometimes whimsically credited for having started the American Civil War by all the outrage in the North and in Europe over slavery caused by her tremendously successful novel, “Uncle Tom’s Cabin.”

She and her husband, Professor Calvin Stowe, an author himself, had seven children, and in their retirement years moved to this 17-room Victorian Gothic Revival home in Hartford in 1873.

For more on the Harriet Beecher Stowe House, have a look at this website.

4 comments:

Anuradha Khanna Pentapalli said...

never been to this part of the world... one day I shall and have a look at this placa... impressive blog!

Jacqueline T Lynch said...

Welcome Anuradha, and thank you for your comment. I hope you can visit the area of the United States we call New England. There are many other places in the world I've not seen yet, but I hope I will one day.

Jessie said...

My old high school is right next door to the Harriet Beecher Stowe House. I had the pleasure of walking past this house and the Mark Twain House every morning and afternoon. They're quite a sight, especially in the early fall when the leaves begin to change color and the sun is just beginning to rise/set. Good times, good times! lol. I make it seem like it was so long ago but I only graduated in 2008.

Anyway, great blog!

Jacqueline T Lynch said...

Thanks for stopping by, Jessie. I like your description of walking past the houses in the fall. As for graduating in 2008, the older you get the more nostalgic you get. It can start the minute they hand you that high school diploma.