Her words changed the world.

Visit the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center

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.

The Harriet Beecher Stowe Center is on the Connecticut Freedom Trail and the Connecticut Women's Heritage Trail and the gardens are part of Connecticut's Historic Gardens.

Tour Information

Open year round.

Hours
Admission

Tours

House Tours

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:
  • African American History
  • Women's History
  • American Woman's Home
  • House & Garden
  • Harriet Beecher Stowe's Nook Farm
  • Christmas at the Stowes

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.


The Child's Tour

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.


SPIRITS AT STOWE-AN OTHERWORLDLY TOUR Explore Stowe’s home in the dark!
K-2 meter and DVR supplied!

Fridays and Saturdays in October and Halloween night at 6:30, 7:30 and 8:30 p.m. Reservations required: 860-522-9258, ext. 317 or Info@StoweCenter.org.


Group Tours

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.

  • A minimum of 10 people.
  • 50% non-refundable deposit secures the reservation; balance is due the day of tour.
  • Major credit cards, check, or cash are accepted.
  • Discounts or memberships do not apply to individuals on group tours.

Contact the Visitor Center Coordinator at 860.522.9258 ext 317 or info@stowecenter.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.

Garden Tours

"A Garden is a place of healing to the soul."

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.