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Portrait of Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811-1896), American novelist and humanitarian, author of Uncle Tom's Cabin, holding her glasses. (Photo by Time Life Pictures/Mansell/Time Life Pictures/Getty Images)
Harriet Beecher Stowe’s best-known work is her anti-slavery novel “Uncle Tom’s Cabin,” but the prolific author is of national importance because she was a significant reformer for a wide variety of causes.
It is for this that her home in Hartford has been designated a national historic landmark.
The house is associated with Stowe’s later career as a reformer on issues relating to the family and women’s roles, according to a news release from the U.S. Department of the Interior announcing that 13 new sites have received the acclaimed distinction.
“Today’s designations include significant sites that help tell the story of America and the contributions that all people from all walks of life have made as we strive for a more perfect union,” Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar said in a statement.
Stowe was born in Connecticut, moved away with her family, and later built her dream house, Oakholm, in the Nook Farm section Hartford, after her husband retired.
But, she had to sell it because of maintenance costs and the encroachment of factories, according to the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center.
In 1873, she moved to the Gothic style house on Forest Street, now known as the Harriet Beecher Stowe House, and lived there until her death in 1893.
The house has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1963.
"This honor from the Department of the Interior and the National Park Service recognizes and celebrates Stowe's impact on America. Her most famous work, the best-selling anti-slavery novel Uncle Tom's Cabin, galvanized the abolition movement before the Civil War, was fueled by her passion for justice and empathy for those enslaved. We appreciate the support of Connecticut's federal delegation, Governor Malloy and the CT State Historic Preservation Office. We are grateful for the testimony of the offices of Congressman Larson, Senator Blumenthal and former Senator Lieberman, " Katherine Kane, executive director of the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, said in a statement.
At the house, you can find books, manuscripts, memorabilia and more.
You can visit the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center at 77 Forest St., Hartford.
For information, call 860-522-9258.
The other sites to be designated national historic landmarks are: