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Beecher Family House

The Harriet Beecher Stowe House was the hone of the Beecher family from the 1830s to 1850.  Lyman Beecher, a nationally renowned minister, was the first president of Lane Theological Seminary and was supportive of anti-slavery measures.  His daughter, Harriet, who came to Cincinnati with her family to live and teach, heard many stories about the UGRR from abolitionists like Rev. John Rankin, John Van Zandt, and Levi Coffin.  She was living in Cincinnati when mobs attached and detroyed the anti-slavery printing press of James Birney, and she was influenced by activist students at Lane Seminary and local abolitionist leaders William Lloyd Garrison and Salmon P. Chase who litigated many fugitive slave cases.  At one point, she helped her husband transport a fugitive slave along the UGRR north out of town.  These and other experiences in Cincinnati inspired her to write her famous and controversial novel, Uncle Tom's Cabin, which described the UGRR in sharper, more personal terms than ever before and exposed slavery's evils to an audience who had previously been unaware or unwilling to acknowledge the atrocities inflicted by this "peculiar institution."

Visitor Information: Currently open to public.

Location: 2950 Gilbert Avenue, Cincinnati, Hamilton, 45206-1545

National Park Unit: No

Ownership: State of Ohio Ohio Historical Society

Location Type: Site

People/Organizations Associated with the site: Harriet Beecher Stowe,HenryWard Beecher