Harriet Beecher Stowe Room

Harriet Beecher Stowe Room

Harriet Beecher Stowe, author of the world famous anti-slavery novel, Uncle Tom’s Cabin (1852), moved to Cincinnati in 1832. Her father was selected president of the Lane Theological Seminary in Cincinnati that year.

During June of 1832, The Western Star newspaper advertised, “Miss Beecher, respectfully informs the citizens of Lebanon... that she intends opening a school for Young Ladies, in a building immediately back of the Court House... provided she receives sufficient encouragement.” The courthouse in 1832 was on the corner across from the Golden Lamb. The “Miss Beecher” mentioned was not Harriet, but rather her older sister Catherine who was famous at the time for her achievements in “female” education. Harriet assisted her.

The “encouragement” apparently wasn’t there since the school was never started. In May 1879, Harriet’s brother, Rev. Henry Ward Beecher, spoke across the street at the new Lebanon Opera House, which replaced the old courthouse in 1878.

The Harriet Beecher Stowe Room is on our fourth floor with a queen-size bed.