Her words changed the world.

21st Century Stowe

Harriet Beecher Stowe Center
A 21st-Century Museum

The Stowe Center is open to visitors while important preservation work is completed in the Stowe House.

The 1873 Visitor Center and
1884 Katharine Seymour Day House, a gilded age mansion,
will host the tour experience
 through completion of work in spring 2017.



Stowe HouseIn 2016, the Stowe Center is launching major preservation work in the 1871 Harriet Beecher Stowe House.

The home where Stowe lived for 23 years will get:

A new climate control system,

State-of-the-art fire suppression, and

Renovation of historic windows,

all vital to preservation of the home and its historic collections. Lyman Beecher


At the same time, significant works of art – 2 owned by Stowe and 2 created by Stowe – will be conserved thanks to funding from the Bank of America Art Conservation Project. The Stowe Center is one of only 13 museums in seven countries to receive the 2015 award.

Stowe House preservation work will be completed in Spring 2017.




Preservation Project Fact Sheet 


News Release: Project Launch 5.10.16


PHOTOS: Packing Up the Stowe House


Hear about the project on WNPR's Where We Live, 8.9.16




The Stowe Center will remain open to visitors while work is completed in the Stowe House.

Hours and Admission



"I was hesitant to do the tour because the original house is actually undergoing renovations. But I'm so glad I did it! This is not really a house tour - it's a conversation on slavery, on the time when Ms. Stowe lived and on society as a whole. Our guide was so sweet and knowledgeable, and it was really a wonderful conversation - especially since we visited on the weekend after the 2016 presidential elections... We also got to enter the house that is being renovated, and understood the changes that are taking place. I have to say it was an inspirational visit, highly recommended!" -- Natalie V., Boston, 11.14.16

Katharine Seymour Day House


During Stowe House preservation, Stowe Center admission includes two historic buildings on the property:
1873 Visitor Center and the 1884 Katharine Seymour Day House (left), an architectural gem rarely open for tours.




H.B. Stowe


- Harriet Beecher Stowe, the most famous American woman of the 19th century

- Uncle Tom’s Cabin’s worldwide impact

- Stowe’s courage to speak out against injustice

- Stowe’s memorabilia and Beecher-Stowe family furnishings

…in an ALL NEW interactive tour.



Visitor with historic document replica

- Historic documents including the Anti-Slavery Alphabet

- 19th century issues connecting to today’s headlines

- Ways YOU can create positive change










The Stowe Center continues to raise funds to:

·       Support Stowe House preservation

·       Replace worn carpeting and wall coverings

·       Add technology enhancing the visitor experience


You can support the Stowe House, a National Historic Landmark, by making a financial contribution.




(Please make a note to designate your gift to “Stowe House”)

Or Contact Andrea Spak, 860.522.9258, ext. 307 for more information, including recognition opportunities.


We are grateful to the major donors and others who have already contributed to Stowe House preservation:


Bank of America Art Conservation Project

The Bay & Paul Foundations

Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development

Connecticut Historic Restoration Fund Grant Program of the State Historic Preservation Office

Connecticut Humanities

Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation

Cynthia Woods Mitchell Fund for Historic Interiors of the
National Trust for Historic Preservation

Hartford Foundation for Public Giving

Institute of Museum and Library Services

National Endowment for the Humanities

Stockman Family Foundation

William and Alice Mortensen Foundation

United Technologies

Maximilian E. & Marion O. Hoffman Foundation, Inc.

Individual Donors