Spirits at Stowe: An Otherwordly Tour
Did you know that Harriet Beecher Stowe attended séances and visited mediums to communicate with departed family members? Like many 19th-century Americans, she had an open mind about connecting with those who were no longer living.
Stowe’s interest in spiritualism helped to ease the pain of losing four of seven children during her lifetime. The paranormal occasionally showed up in her writing as well; she included a ghost story in Uncle Tom’s Cabin, her most famous work written in 1852.
During the “Spirits at Stowe” tour, an interpreter will share stories about the famous author and describe unexplained events from past and present, all conducted in the dark by flashlight.
Visitors will learn about the five reported deaths in the 1871 Gothic Revival home in which she lived for 23 years. Stowe herself died in an upstairs bedroom in 1897 at age 86.
In one small room off the main hall, battery-operated candles will illuminate photos of Stowe family members, as if a séance was about to begin.
A “planchette,” which pre-dates the ouija board, will be set up to show what Stowe and her fellow spiritualists used to receive what they believed were messages from the dead.
“Spirits at Stowe” runs every Friday and Saturday in October at 6:30, 7:30, and 8:30 p.m.
This is a 45-minute tour and is recommended for ages 12 and up.
Cost is $15 per person and reservations are strongly suggested.
Find out more calling 860.522.9258x317.