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 Harriet Beecher Stowe House
Photo courtesy of the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center.

The Harriet Beecher Stowe House

After the Lord Byron Scandal, Harriet Beecher Stowe's income declined. The Oakholm estate was too expensive for the Stowe family to maintain. The Stowes sold Oakholm in 1870 and moved to their house in Mandarin, Florida. For two years, they stayed with friends or family when they came north. In a letter, Harriet told her children of her desire to buy a smaller house at Nook Farm. In 1873, Harriet Beecher Stowe and her husband, Calvin Stowe, purchased a house on Forest Street that was built by Franklin Chamberlain in 1871. He sold it to Mrs. Stowe in 1873, and it was her residence until her death in 1896. The house was later bought by Katherine Day, Harriet's niece, who lived in it for many years before establishing a foundation to preserve the house. Fully restored, the Stowe House is owned and maintained by the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center.

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