The historic home was Harriet Beecher’s house before she married Calvin Stowe in 1836. She lived with her father Rev. Lyman Beecher and his large family. The family were a creative group of educators, religious, writers, women’s right and anti-slavery advocates.
Harriet’s sister Catherine Beecher was an early educator and writer who took part in founding many high schools and colleges for women. Her brother Rev. Henry Ward Beecher was a leader of the women’s suffrage movement—so considered him the most articulate minister of his time. Gen. James Beecher was a Civil War general. He commanded the first African American troops in the Union Army who were recruited from the South. Her sister Isabella Beecher Hooker was a women’s rights advocate.
The Beechers made Cincinnati their home for almost twenty years from 1832 to the early 1850s. They then returned east. It was after leaving Cincinnati that Harriet Beecher Stowe wrote Uncle Tom’s Cabin, the best-selling book of its time. The novel, though fiction, accurately portrays the pain of slavery and perilous journey it was to travel the Underground Railroad to freedom in Canada.