Her words changed the world.

Seasonal and Themed Tours

"We can write only as we are driven, and never know exactly where we are going to land.

Different themes are integrated into the house tour so that visitors have an opportunity to gain a more in depth look into the life of Harriet Beecher Stowe, the people that influenced her, her interests, neighborhood and some of her other works.

Every 12:30 p.m. tour concludes with a post-tour discussion.  Don't miss this opportunity for an informal conversation about Stowe and her life.

January

Stowe and The Emancipation Proclamation
This tour highlights Stowe's push for and reaction to the Emancipation Proclamation. 

  • Stowe's 1862 meeting with President Lincoln
  • Antislavery activities of Stowe's family and associates
  • How the Emancipation Proclamation is relevant to current affairs including human trafficking

February

Activists, Abolitionists and Reformers
This tour is structured around abolition movements and the people who worked towards emancipation in the 19th century.  Detailed information is given about the fight for equality and justice African Americans encountered through being enslaved.

  • Background information on slavery and its roots within the United States
  • Fugitive slaves that helped influence Stowe to write Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • Fugitive Slave Act of 1850
  • Publication of Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • Frederick Douglass, Josiah Henson and Sojourner Truth
  • Emancipation Proclamation 1863

March

Stowe and Women's Rights
This tour is designed to tell the story of suffrage in the 19th century, the women that influenced Stowe and those who worked for women's rights, including the multi-talented and multi-faceted Beecher women Catharine Beecher and Isabella Beecher Hooker, Sojourner Truth, Victoria Woodhull, the Duchess of Sutherland and others.

  • Education for women
  • Women’s suffrage
  • Women’s rights
  • John Stuart Mill, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony

April thru May

Women are the Real Architects of Society
This tour focuses on the book The American Woman's Home (1869) co-authored by Catharine Beecher and Harriet Beecher Stowe and the role the Beecher sisters played in making housewifery and homemaking a legitimate profession.  The two authors are compared today to Martha Stewart because of the advice given in this book. The sisters made popular the social trend that American citizens were bred in the home.  Key chapters in The American Woman’s Home include:

  • Domestic advice
  • Home decoration
  • Dinner table manners
  • Clothing
  • Healthful food
  • Care of servants and children
  • Care and organization of rooms
              

  

June

Stowe and the Emancipation Proclamation 

This tour highlights Stowe's push for and reaction to the Emancipation Proclamation.

  • Stowe's 1862 meeting with President Lincoln
  • Antislavery activities of Stowe's family and associates
  • How the Emancipation Proclamation is relevant to current affairs including human trafficking

  

July thru August

In Stowe's Home and Garden 
"A garden is a healing place for the soul" (HBS)  This tour focuses on Stowe's love of gardens in addition to the Victorian's love affair with flowers.  From the Oxygen Movement to the "language of flowers", gardens permeated every aspect of middle and upper class life in Nook Farm.  A walk through the gardens surrounding the Stowe house is included on the tour. The following is discussed:

  • Victorian Gardening techniques and layouts
  • Stowe’s love for gardening and nature
  • Plants and flowers in the garden

This tour is offered as a self-guided tour as well.

September thru October

Stowe & Her Neighbors
This tour explores the neighborhood of Nook Farm; an enclave of some of the 19th century's most influentian writers, artists, politicians and social activists.  This was a neighborhood considered by many to be the last vestige of the parlor conversation.

  • Hear about Mark Twain, William Gillette, Isabella Beecher Hooker, Katharine Seymour Day and others
  • Nook Farm architecture
  • Neighborhood evolution

This tour is offered as a self-guided tour as well.

October

Spirits At Stowe, An Otherworldly Tour

Like many 19th-century Americans, Harriet Beecher Stowe had an open mind about connecting with those who were no longer living. Explore Stowe’s involvement with the paranormal and learn about more recent investigations by the SyFy Channel’s "Ghost Hunters" on this tour. Offered Halloween and Fridays and Saturdays at 6:30, 7:30 and 8:30 p.m.

  • Hear stories about the famous author and unexplained events from past and present
  • Tour the house after dark, conducted by flashlight
  • See a room in the house prepared for a seance with period equipment used to communicate with the dead

November

Stowe and The Emancipation Proclamation
This tour highlights Stowe's push for and reaction to the Emancipation Proclamation.

  • Stowe's 1862 meeting with President Lincoln
  • Antislavery activities of Stowe's family and associates
  • How the Emancipation Proclamation is relevant to current affairs including human trafficking

December

Christmas at the Stowes
Experience the Stowe family's life during the holiday season and view rarley-seen family artifacts and historically accurate decorations.  Gain insight in the social changes in the 19th-century celebration of Christmas.  Learn how the Beechers and the Stowes celebrated the season with special attention to sharing their good fortune and spending time with family and friends.

  • History of the celebration of Christmas
  • How Stowe decorated for the season
  • Celebration activities
  • Holiday meals