Her book is believed to have started a revolution, in fact some say it may have started the Civil War. When President Abraham Lincoln met Harriet Beecher Stowe in 1862, he is said to have exclaimed, “So you are the little woman who wrote the book that started this Great War!”
Her book, Uncle Tom’s Cabin, became the best-selling novel of its time. Uncle Tom’s Cabin has been published in over 75 languages and is still utilized today in schools and universities to teach the importance of civil rights.
Harriet Beecher Stowe lived in Cincinnati from 1832 until the early 1850’s. Raised in a religious family, Harriet’s father and siblings became strong activists for the antislavery movement and women’s rights. During her time in Cincinnati, Harriet witnessed the pain and turmoil that slaves endured and the struggles of slaves to escape and to travel on the Underground Railroad (in which Cincinnati was an important stop for freedom-seeking slaves and bounty hunters alike). Although she wrote Uncle Tom’s Cabin in Maine, her fictional book is based on the true events and slaves she encountered in Cincinnati. Harriet’s words in Uncle Tom’s Cabin resonates passion and equal rights for all of humanity, even in today’s modern society.
The Harriet Beecher Stowe House is dedicated to preserving the history of Harriet, her family, friends and colleagues that fought for civil and human rights in the Cincinnati area during the 1830’s to 1860’s. A tour of the Harriet Beecher Stowe House tells a powerful story by a woman who at the time had no recognized rights herself. Harriet Beecher Stowe’s words encourages all who read Uncle Tom’s Cabin, that one person can make a difference in the lives of many.
If you are interested in learning more about the Cincinnati Abolitionists, be sure to ask about the historical walking tour. The Friends of Harriet Beecher Stowe House have mapped a local tour named the “Abolitionists Walking Tour: Walnut Hills” highlighting historical homes and sites of the Beecher-Stowe family in this area.
The Harriett Beecher Stowe House is located at 2950 Gilbert Avenue Cincinnati, OH 45206. The historical house is open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from noon to 4 PM, March to November. Guided tours are available at 12:15, 1:15, 2:15, and 3:15. Admission is $4 for adults and $2 for children. To schedule group or private tours please call 513-751-0651 or visit https://www.stowehousecincy.org/