School and Youth Programs

Due to COVID-19 safety recommendations, social distancing requirements, as well as our ongoing concern for the safety of our staff and visitors, the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center is not offering in-person youth group tours until January 1, 2022. We are actively taking reservations for groups that plan to visit post January 1, 2022. Please contact Amy Hufnagel at Ahufnagel@stowecenter.org to plan your visit to the Stowe Center or to schedule a dual visit that includes visiting both the Stowe Center and the Mark Twain House & Museum.

While we are not offering guided tours for school groups until 2022, there are a range of activities for individuals and groups in the parklike setting of the museum’s grounds. We can’t wait to see you in 2022!


Discover Harriet Beecher Stowe…

…internationally known icon of American literature, culture and social activism. Stowe’s bestselling anti-slavery novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin changed Americans’ views on slavery and contributed to the outbreak of the Civil War.

Help your students connect history to their own lives and today’s headlines. Tour Stowe’s Hartford home, a National Historic Landmark, and participate in extended learning programs where ideas turn into action.

All school programs support Common Core Learning Standards and the Connecticut Social Studies Framework.

Guided tours and programs are open to K-12 students. Programs can be adapted for college level students. Available year round by advance reservation.


Student Group Guided House Tour: $9 per student

Student Group Guided House Tour + Program: $10 per student

Complimentary admission for all teachers.

Chaperones receive discounted admission of $10 per adult.


Program Options

Inspiration to Action (Grades 3 – 5) Learn Stowe’s story, how she came to write Uncle Tom’s Cabin, and the power each of us has to make a difference. Stowe’s life and impact as a writer and activist will inspire your class to be engaged citizens. Students explore ways they can make a positive change in their school or community and complete a hands-on activity.

Her Words Changed the World (Grades 6 – 12) Learn Stowe’s story, how she came to write Uncle Tom’s Cabin, and the power each of us has to make a difference. Stowe’s life and impact as a writer and 19th century abolition movement, hold many important clues to understandings race in the USA now. Students discuss issues of racial injustice today and use letter writing to express their feelings and ideas for change, and learn how to use writing to bear witness, question bias, and build empathy.

Harriet Beecher Stowe: Liberty and Justice (Grades 8-12) How did people living in the USA define freedom and equality in the years leading up to the Civil War? Post-Civil War? Civil Rights Era? Students analyze multiple perspectives, have vibrant courageous conversation, and make connections between history and the current cultural and racial reckoning in the USA in 2021.

Salons at Stowe (Grades 9-12 and college) Students participate in a dynamic 21st-century conversation-based program focused on race, class, and gender in contemporary life. Topics can include: legacies of slavery, racial injustice, the evolution of Uncle Tom and Tommitudes, mass incarceration, and civil rights activism. The Director of Programs at the Stowe Center curates 3 short (2 page reads) that teachers can choose from and that change based on current affairs.

Writing for Impact (Grades 9-12 and College) Write along with Harriet Beecher Stowe! Through prompts, activities, and discussion centered on Harriet’s writings, students learn how to use writing to express their ethical and moral outrage about an issue. Guides will inspire youth to bear witness, build empathy, and advocate for others and themselves.

Visit both the Stowe Center and The Mark Twain House & Museum

Harriet Beecher Stowe and author Samuel Clemens (aka Mark Twain) were 19th century next door neighbors! Students can visit both National Historic Landmark homes in one field trip. $20 per student includes tours of both homes plus one of the two programs below:

 Nook Farm Neighbors (Grades K-6) Students learn about the power of storytelling to create community through an interactive investigation of historic objects and documents. They explore the questions: What can we learn about the individuals who lived in Nook Farm through the museums’ collections? What stories might our own objects and documents tell about us and our communities?

Making an Impact: Stowe, Twain, and Activist Writing (Grades 7-12) Students discuss Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin and Twain’s Adventures of Huckleberry Finn in context with other 19th-century activist authors. They explore the questions: How have U.S. authors used creative writing to effect social change? What does informed action look like, historically and today?


School Group Guidelines

Groups must fill out the reservation inquiry in order to start the booking process. (Click here for the form) This form is not a reservation, it is an inquiry. If you have questions that you would like to discuss before you complete the request form please set up a phone appointment time by emailing tickets@stowecenter.org

The Stowe Center require a 25% deposit to be paid within two weeks of the date of the invoice, and the balance of your visit must be paid on or before the day of your visit. Final headcounts of all participants are due two weeks in advance of your visit; groups will be billed for a minimum of the headcount issued as we staff the museum based on your visit number. Cancellations within two weeks of the scheduled visit and no-shows are subject to a cancellation fee, unless the reason is weather related or other larger school cancellation reason. Any payment questions should be directed to our Business Manager at (860) 522-9258, ext. 381

In the event that the Stowe Center or your school is closed due to inclement weather, we will make every effort to re-schedule your group.

If you will arrive more than 15 minutes early or late, please notify us at 860.522.9258 x317.

We can accommodate vans and individual cars in our parking lot at 77 Forest Street. Buses can drop off students at the curb in front of the Stowe House and then park on Forest Street.

Tours require two chaperones for every 10 students (3rd grade through 8th grade); one chaperone for every 10 students 9th grade and up. Teachers/Chaperones are responsible for the group at all times.

Because the Stowe Center is comprised of 19th century landscape and buildings, some ADA adjustments require advance arrangements for the best experience for your youth. Please indicate if we can provide accommodations and services in advance by calling 860.522.9258 x317, or send an email to tickets@stowecenter.org.

Transportation Reimbursement

The Stowe Center has field trip transportation reimbursement funds available. To submit a request, please contact Amy Hufnagel at schoolprograms@stowecenter.org or (860) 522-9258, ext. 309.

General Information

Large backpacks, gum, food, and beverages are not permitted in the Stowe House. We provide bins to store bags and lunches. Your group is welcome to picnic on the grounds.

Allow time for shopping in the Stowe Museum Store for Stowe-inspired books, toys, jewelry and souvenirs.