Join us on one of our Spirits tours, where visitors explore nineteenth-century ideas of Spiritualism. The tour presents Spiritualist concepts and interesting facts and stories about those who embraced the trend within Stowe’s broad social circle. The tour also considers how the Spiritualist practice of contacting and interacting with the spirits of the dead intersects with women’s rights, religion, the impacts of war and child mortality, and social justice writing. Like many people grappling with loss in the post-Civil War era, Harriet Beecher Stowe—a mother who outlived four of her seven children—found solace in the Spiritualist belief that the spirits of the dead moved and communicated freely in the world of the living, and embraced it even as she affirmed her commitment to mainstream religion.
Participants are invited to question and observe the materials of Spiritualism, including the planchette, séances, automatic writing, and postmortem photography, as well as the contradictions of Spiritualist beliefs, all while touring the Stowe House in the evening light (and listening for spirits along the way).
Tickets are available in advance online. Tours will be offered from Thursday, October 27 through Monday, October 31, and are limited to eight visitors per tour. Spirits at Stowe events are recommended for ages 10 and up.