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. $22 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?
On-Site School Groups (3-12; not college level)
Discover Harriet Beecher Stowe, an icon of U.S. and international literature, culture, and social activism. Stowe’s bestselling anti-slavery novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin changed people’s views on slavery and contributed to the eventual eruption 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 inspiration and positive change.
Contact our Visitor Experience Manager, Anita Durkin, at ADurkin@stowecenter.org for booking information.
All school programs support Common Core Learning Standards and the Connecticut Social Studies Framework.
Guided tours and programs are open to K-12 students. Available year round by advance reservation; reservations must be made 30 days in advance of proposed visit date. A ratio of 1 adult: 10 youth is required.
School groups are for 14 or more. (If you are a smaller group, please book your visit through our online ticketing platform. Keep in mind in COVID pandemic, we are limited to 14 people plus the guide at any time in the house.)
Size: Minimum of 14 people. (Maximum per day is 44.)
Transportation funding possible, thanks to Travelers
School Group Guidelines & Policies
Staff at the Stowe Center may join the tour and will take pictures of the students. We do this with the utmost care and consideration, but it is so important for us to document our work with a range of audiences for our funders who underwrite our work, for grants we are writing to support us, and for marketing our work to build new audiences. Per CT state law, this is permissible without a prior authorization from the guardian. Should any student or caregiver choose to opt out of this request, we can be completely respectful of such requests. Teachers will point out any student who wishes to be excluded.
Groups must fill out the reservation inquiry in order to start the booking process. Click HERE for the form.
Major credit cards, check, or cash are accepted. PO and school invoicing processes are allowed.
Student Group Guided House Tour: $10 per student
Student Group Guided House Tour + Program: $11 per student
Complimentary admission for all teachers.
Chaperones receive discounted admission of $10 per person.
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 one chaperone for every 10 students Teachers/Chaperones are responsible for the group at all times.