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Wednesday, July 25, 2012


Monday night I was invited to a "Meet and Greet" for the Asylum Hill Neighborhood Association at the Harriet Beecher Stowe House at 77 Forest Street. I am almost embarrassed to admit I had never visited this Hartford landmark before. The main house was already closed for the day, but the Visitor Center was open and was impressive with the displays and the information that was displayed there.

One display claims that Abraham Lincoln at one point told Harriet Beecher Stowe that her book "Uncle Tom's Cabin" may have been responsible for the start of the Civil War. One program that is running through September 3, 2012 is called "Images of Separation" and uses objects of intolerance to teach tolerance and promote social justice.

Click here to read more about the Harriet Beecher-Stowe homestead

We sometimes focus on the negative but don't realize all the positives also. A trip to the Harriet Beecher Stowe house might just be the best $3.00 you spend this summer. Over 30,000 people visited the Center last year with roughly 10% being "international" visitors.

While you are at it don't forget many of our other Hartford gems like the Mark Twain Home just next door, the gardens at Elizabeth Park, the Connecticut State Capitol, The Connecticut Science  Center, Bushnell Park or even one of the many events happening at Hartford's Riverfront throughout the summer. Feel free to post any other of Hartford's gems that are open to explore this summer

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