Celebrate Women's History Month—Visit a Historic Site!
The ACHP celebrates Women’s History Month this March by recognizing the important contributions women have made to our nation. Learn about the history of these women by exploring their stories through research and by visiting the historic sites where they spent their lives.
Harriet Beecher Stowe House, located in the Walnut Hills neighborhood of Cincinnati, Ohio, is a historic house museum that is part of the Ohio History Connection network. Historians at the home tell the story of Harriet and the 18 years she spent in Cincinnati as instrumental in developing her anti-slavery passion and enabling her to write Uncle Tom’s Cabin. In sharing the story of abolitionism, they can relate her words and deeds to social justice issues today.
They use the Beecher family home as a background to telling Harriet’s story and demonstrating the importance of understanding our past. While Harriet herself spent brief periods in the House during the 1830s, she continued to visit often during the 1840s. The House is the only building remaining of the Lane Theological Seminary, where her father was president and her husband was a professor. The Lane Seminary debates, taking place in 1834, were the first abolitionist debates in the United States. Those Lane Debaters were significant in the advent of an abolitionist movement and in the women’s suffrage movement. In fact, two of the debaters later married Angelina Grimke and Elizabeth Cady. Harriet herself used the information and research from living in a border city and near important stops of the Underground Railroad as the basis for her popular novel.
The 20th century history of the House continues that tradition of fighting for civil rights. During the 1930s, it served as a boarding house for African Americans and was listed in the Negro Motorist Green-Book as a tavern. During the 1940s it was the focal point of an integrated campaign to create a memorial to Harriet Beecher Stowe and an African American cultural center. Managers are currently beginning a comprehensive restoration project. They hope to preserve the structure of the building and create spaces to interpret the multiple stories and voices of the House.
The Harriet Beecher Stowe House strives to extend the work begun in 1830s Cincinnati by Harriet and her contemporaries: to replace prejudice and greed with acceptance and kindness. The museum’s mission is to preserve and sustain that legacy.
Visit the Harriet Beecher Stowe House, located at 2950 Gilbert Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45206. Operating hours are Fridays 10 am — 4 pm; Saturdays 10 am — 4 pm; Sundays 12 pm — 4 pm.
Expanded Thursday hours will be coming soon. Contact: www.stowehousecincy.org, firstname.lastname@example.org, or 513-751-0651.