Okay, so that all sounds fine and good, but my kids hate history! Regardless, during summer vacation I dragged them over to The Harriet Beecher Stowe House. It's less than ten minutes from where we live, and I thought it would be a great living history lesson for them.
"How exciting," I said, "to walk in the same house that Harriet Beecher Stowe actually lived in. We'll walk on the same floor, climb the same steps, and walk on the very grounds she strode!" I reminded them that she's the author of Uncle Tom's Cabin, a book partly responsible for bringing about the Civil War due to its realistic portrayal of slavery.
Uncle Tom's Cabin.
My boys were much less enthusiastic than I was about our field trip, but despite their initial protests, they enjoyed the self guided tour we had. They even stood still long enough for me to read some of the display materials to them.
Here's a little history about the house and Harriet Beecher Stowe's life in Cincinnati. Mrs. Stowe lived in Cincinnati for nearly twenty years. The house where she lived, now known as The Stowe House, was completed in 1833. It was built as the residence for the Lane Seminary President, and its first occupants were Harriet's family, headed by her father Reverend Lyman Beecher, who moved his large family to Cincinnati in 1832.
After Harriet married Lane professor Calvin Stowe in 1836, she moved nearby, but visited the house frequently, and her first two children were born there.
Every city and town has history to share. Are you close to a piece of living history in your area?
Thanks for visiting and have a great week!