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.
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