Friday, October 14, 2005

The other Harriet Beecher Stowe House

Before she wrote Uncle Tom's Cabin, before she moved to Farmington Avenue, Harriet Beecher Stowe lived in Cincinnati, Ohio. Her house there still stands, and according to a recent Chicago Sun-Times article, several groups are looking at its potential as a tourist attraction. The Sun-Times reports that Stowe, then in her early 20s, moved to Cincinnati in the early 1830s because her father, the Rev. Lyman Beecher, had became president of a local theological seminary. "While in Cincinnati, she encountered runaway slaves escaping to freedom and viewed a slave auction in neighboring Kentucky," the newspaper reports.

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