Seeing Is Revealing: A New Neighborhood Walking Tour


October 6, 2022


Seeing Is Revealing: A New Neighborhood Walking Tour

to Debut for Free at the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center


  • Throughout Indigenous Peoples Day holiday weekend, the Stowe Center will offer its new neighborhood walking tour free to interested visitors. Tours will be offered Friday through Monday at 10 am and 3 pm.
  • Seeing Is Revealing is an innovative new walking tour, created by the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center. It launches as an in-person guided tour October 7 and debuts as a self-guided, downloadable audio tour in December 2022.



HARTFORD, CT –The Harriet Beecher Stowe Center is excited to announce the debut of a new neighborhood walking tour, Seeing Is Revealing: Nook Farm Then and Now.


Throughout Indigenous Peoples Day weekend (the federal Columbus Day weekend), from Friday October 7 through Monday October 10, the tour will be offered free at 10 am and 3 pm. Each tour is capped at twenty people, and pre-registration is encouraged to ensure a spot. Registrants should use the Hartford resident button this weekend to sign up for free. The tour does not run if fewer than three people register.


Seeing Is Revealing introduces visitors to Harriet Beecher Stowe and her neighbors in Nook Farm, the place that they called home. On this block in Hartford, visitors will see preservation history and architecture alongside a vibrant, busy, and ever-changing city. On tour, guides expand the timeline out of Harriet’s era and into today. Visitors will walk and learn about landscape design, urban planning, economics, and creative trends in Hartford throughout the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. The tour will answer a number of interesting questions: how are decisions made about what remains and what has been replaced? What is the preservation story? How did this neighborhood evolve? What histories are told and what histories are hidden in this place? Seeing Is Revealing discusses social disparities and parities that impact what visitors experience now in the Asylum Hill neighborhood.


The tour meets at the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, moves through the grounds where Stowe’s and Mark Twain’s historic homes are located, and then out toward Hartford’s broader Asylum Hill community.


After its debut weekend, Seeing Is Revealing will be offered as an in-person, guided experience every weekend at 3 pm, with advance tickets available for purchase online. The tour will also be available as a downloadable self-guided audio experience starting December 2022.


Seeing Is Revealing was developed through funding by the National Endowment for the Humanities.




The Harriet Beecher Stowe Center is a museum, research library, and program center in Hartford, Connecticut. The Stowe Center’s mission is to preserve and interpret Stowe’s Hartford home and the Center’s historic collections, promote vibrant discussion of her life and work, and inspire commitment to social justice and positive change. For general information and updates, visit www.HarrietBeecherStoweCenter.org.




CONTACT: Anita Durkin

Harriet Beecher Stowe Center