Stowe’s connection to the spirits
Author and abolitionist Harriet Beecher Stowe was born 202 years ago today on June 14, 1811. Although she is best known for her 1852 novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin and the affects it had on both slavery and anti-slavery supporters, she wrote more than 20 books, including novels, three travel memoirs and collections of articles and letters. Two of the houses she lived in are located in New England — one in Brunswick, Maine, where she wrote Uncle Tom’s Cabin, and one in Hartford, Connecticut, where she lived for the last 23 years of her life. The Maine house (near Bowdoin College where her husband was a professor) is not open to the public. But the one in Hartford is. It’s located next door to the Mark Twain House & Museum and is a fascinating place where, among other things, visitors learn about Stowe’s deep interest and involvement in Spiritualism — the belief that the spirits of the dead can (and want to!) communicate with the living. During her lifetime, many seances took place at Stowe’s house. Many people today say the house is haunted, as this video explains. Happy birthday, Harriet!