Continuing our quest to complete Nate’s “30 Things to Do in Cincinnati,” we finally visited the Harriet Beecher Stowe House in Walnut Hills (not to be confused with the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center in Hartford, CT).
I used to drive by it every day on my way to work in Mt. Adams, so I pretty much added it to the 30 list because it had free admission, but have to admit that I really didn’t know anything about Harriet Beecher Stowe. So, on the drive down that direction, I googled her name to learn more before our adventure.
In a sentence, Harriet Beecher Stowe was a white woman that wrote a book called Uncle Tom’s Cabin, which was about African American slavery that caused quite a stir in the United States in the 1850’s – inspired anti-slavery forces in the north, and ticked off slave owners/believers in the south. Girl power!
To be a woman in that time period was hard enough, but she found confidence in her voice and didn’t fear opposition to her viewpoints.
The house itself is big, old, and really beautiful. I love the architecture from that time period (built in 1833), with the tall ceilings and a gorgeous staircase. Harriet’s dad moved the family from the east coast to Cincinnati to be the first president of the Lane Seminary and this house was built for the President of the school, which explains it’s grandeur.
Today the home has a few rooms that are decorated and the tour was interesting, but it would be neat if the upstairs was also updated to match the period. Here’s a pic of Nate and Cooper in one of the rooms on the main floor.
With an admission price of FREE, it’s a neat option to visit for dose of American history and to provoke thought about the great life we lead today because of the work of people like Harriet Beecher Stowe.
– Abigail –
Note: I was not financially compensated for this post and the opinions are completely my own based on my experience.