Nook Farm Neighborhood Walking Tour

From left to right: Katharine Seymour Day House, Harriet Beecher Stowe House, the Stowe Visitor Center, the Mark Twain Carriage House and Visitor Center, and the Mark Twain House.

Seeing is Revealing: Then and Now

Nook Farm Neighborhood Walking Tour

Seeing Is Revealing introduces visitors to Harriet Beecher Stowe and her neighbors situated in Nook Farm, the place they called home, in the late 19th century. While walking around the block, visitors will see preservation history and architecture alongside a vibrant, busy, and ever-changing city.  The tour content expands the timeline of Harriet’s era into today. Visitors will be invited to consider: What drives preservation decisions?  How did this neighborhood evolve? What histories are told and what histories are hidden? Seeing Is Revealing discusses social disparities that impact the contemporary Asylum Hill neighborhood.

The tour begins at the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, moves through the grounds where the Stowe and Mark Twain historic homes are located, and then travels out to Hartford’s broader Asylum Hill neighborhood.  The walk is just under a mile, and there are places to sit enroute.



The SELF-GUIDED downloadable audio tour is available for purchase during business hours at the Visitors Center (Fridays and Saturdays).  Available in English and Spanish with text, audio, video, and images. Scan the QR code for unlimited listening for 30 days – share with a friend, listen again and again, or learn in pieces!  Read the full details HERE.





Nook Farm an 1885 impression by Margaret L. Stevenson. Edith Salisbury c. 1970