Her words changed the world.

Spirits at Stowe: An Otherworldly Tour

Only in October -- Halloween and Friday and Saturday nights at 6:30, 7:30 and 8:30 PM. Reserve your spot today!


Moon Over Stowe HouseDid you know that Harriet Beecher Stowe attended séances and visited mediums to communicate with departed family members?  Like many 19th-century Americans, she had an open mind about connecting with those who were no longer living.

Explore Stowe’s involvement with the paranormal and learn about investigations by the SyFy Channel’s Ghost Hunters at “Spirits at Stowe: An Otherworldly Tour” Halloween night and every Friday and Saturday in October at 6:30 p.m., 7:30 pm. and 8:30 p.m.

Stowe’s interest in spiritualism helped to ease the pain of losing four of seven children during her lifetime. The paranormal occasionally showed up in her writing as well; she included a ghost story in Uncle Tom’s Cabin, her most famous work written in 1852.

During the “Spirits at Stowe” tour, an interpreter will share stories about the famous author and describe unexplained events from past and present, all conducted in the dark by flashlight.

Visitors will learn about the five reported deaths in the 1871 Gothic Revival home where she lived for 23 years. Stowe herself died in an upstairs bedroom in 1897 at age 86.  

In one small room off the main hall, battery-operated candles will illuminate photos of Stowe family members, as if a séance was about to begin.

A “planchette,” which pre-dates the ouija board, will be set up to show what Stowe and her fellow spiritualists used to receive what they believed were messages from the dead.

The tour uses a K-2 Meter to measure electromagnetic fields as well as a digital voice recorder to capture any paranormal activity.

“Spirits at Stowe” is a 45-minute tour and is recommended for ages 12 and up. Cost is $15 per person and reservations are required.  Find out more by visiting Info@StoweCenter.org or calling 860.522.9258 x317.