Spirits at Stowe House

If you’re looking for a literary take on Halloween, check out the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center in Hartford this month, which will be hosting an after-hours ghost tour while discussing 19th-century Spiritualism.

                                                                                                                                                                                                     

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                                                                                                                                                                                                Hailing from a famously religious family, the author of Uncle Tom’s Cabin and fervent abolitionist was also a devotée of séances and occasional forays into Spiritualism--a religious movement that maintained that the deceased could communicate with the living through spirit guides. Stowe’s own husband, theology professor Calvin Stowe even wrote about seeing fairies and demons appearing at his bedside in the middle of the night. 


In addition to offering an interactive tour of the Stowe house, the Victorian Cottage where Stowe lived for over two decades is now a National Historic Landmark.


“Spirits at Stowe” takes place on several dates in October; $18 per person, $12 for Stowe Center members.

                                                                                                                                                          Image: “Frederick Hill Meserve’s Historical Portraits, ca. 1850-1915 (MS Am 2242), Houghton Library, Harvard University.” Photographer unidentified [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.

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