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 HOUSE PRESERVATION AND CONSERVATION
In 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.
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.
PHOTOS: Packing Up the Stowe House
STOWE CENTER TOUR
The Stowe Center will remain open to visitors while work is completed in the Stowe House.
TRIP ADVISOR REVIEW
"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
During Stowe House preservation, Stowe Center admission includes two historic buildings on the property:
the 1873 Visitor Center and the 1884 Katharine Seymour Day House (left), an architectural gem rarely open for tours.
- 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:
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 those who have already contributed:
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 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