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Harriet Beecher Stowe House — Brunswick


14. Harriet Beecher Stowe House (Brunswick) Originally designed by architect Samuel Melcher III in 1806, the Harriet Beecher Stowe House is a colonial-style house, situated in Brunswick, Maine. Beecher Stowe moved in the house with her husband in 1850, so he could work at Bowdoin College as a professor. In November 1850, the Stowe family sheltered John Andrew Jackson, a self-emancipated man on his way North. The Stowe family stayed in the house until 1852, during which time Beecher Stowe wrote Uncle Tom’s Cabin, sentimental novel, depicting the reality of enslavement, which is considered as laying the groundwork for the Civil War. The building has been in the possession of Bowdoin College since 2001, and in 2015 the College renovated the house to resemble its 1855 appearance, as well as created ‘Harriet’s Writing Room’, a public exhibit space dedicated to Beecher Stowe’s literary work. The building became a National Historic Landmark in 1962 and a National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom site in 2016 for its association with Harriet Beecher Stowe.

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