Thursday, May 11, 2017

Stowe Home

Well it was suppose to be open for tours.  A couple from Alabama, two ladies from Dayton, Ohio and Lee and I were waiting for the Docent but she never came.
In 1832, 21-year old Harriet Beecher,  moved with her family from Litchfield, Connecticut to Ohio. 
Nati City was then an area active in the abolitionist movement.  It was also one of the fastest-growing cities in the nation at the time.
See me, Sweet William The Scot, sitting on the porch where Harriet Beecher Stowe walked.
It was in Cincinnati that Harriet Beecher began her writing career.
She published her book The Mayflower while living in Nati.
It was also while living in Cincinnati that Stowe traveled to Maysville, Kentucky in 1833 and witnessed a slave auction.
The distress Beecher felt was one of several experiences that inspired her book Uncle Tom's Cabin years later.
Maysville, Kentucky is hometown to Nick Clooney, George Clooney's father. 
(Lee worked in downtown Cincinnati for years and would see and talk to Nick Clooney who is an American journalist, anchorman, and television host).
Harriet lived here for various periods of time from 1833 until her marriage to professor Calvin Ellis Stowe in 1836. Her first two children, twins Eliza and Harriet, were born in the house in 1836.
Harriet's brother, Henry Beecher, also resided in the Cincinnati Beecher House.  Rev. Henry Beecher was an early leader in the women's suffrage movement and popular Protestant minister.
 The 5,000 square foot house was completed in 1833 and was constructed specifically to house the president of the Lane Seminary.
The house was provided by the seminary to the Beechers. Harriet and most of her brothers and sisters (11 Beecher children lived to adulthood) lived with their father in this house.
The Beecher Family in moving to Nati City along the way traveled through other eastern cities to raise money for the seminary. 
Lane Theological Seminary was considered the forward outpost of the Presbyterian Church in the western territories of the United States.
Harriet's father was the first President of the Seminary in 1832.
The last remnants of the Cincinnati campus were destroyed in 1956. So other than the Historical Marker sitting on the site there is no evidence of it ever having been here.

Thanks for being a friend
Traveling down the road and back again
Your heart is true and your a friend of mine
Signing Off
Sweet William The Scot

See my large red peony well it stinks BAD!!!!
Lee has to grow the only peony that STINKS!

P. lactiflora cultivar, introduced from Japan, 1893; Japanese form, red, late midseason, approx. 40 - 43" (100 - 110 cm) tall, very floriferous, unpleasant fragrance
Variety was introduced to the U.S.A. by the Japanese exhibit at the Chicago World's Fair in 1893.


  1. Hari OM
    Oh I never heard of a stinky peony before - but its definitely 'floriferous'!!!

    Thank you again SW for bringing such an informative and interesting post to us; history is a wonderfurs thing!!! Hugs and wags, YAM-aunty xxx

  2. maybe you can sell that stinky peony on eBay? or maybe your lee invented a completely new species? and maybe, maybe there is the nobel prize in sight?
    Uncle Tom's cabin was the favorite book of the mama as she was a puppy... she also had it as a audio play on a record (the round thingy what looks like a big oreo)

  3. Tell Lee not to plant peonies over the leech field of the septic tank.

    1. The Grass Is Always Greener over the Septic Tank but Erma Bombeck said nothing about peonies.

  4. I am sure she would be very happy to have you on her porch

  5. Thanks once again for sharing the wonderfurl history of your area.

    I didn't know there was such a thing as a stinky peony. Wowee!
    I think that picture makes for a lovely Mother's Day Card for your Miss Lee, SWTS! (Nobody can smell it when its on a card, BOL!)

    Hmmm...there seems to be a discrepancy about where Uncle Tom's Cabin is located...Maryland,USA or Dresden, Ontario?
    Anypaws it is a book well read by many, and should be required reading if it isn't.

  6. You make me Bark out Loud with Your stinky Peony. Only you and your Lee.
    Thanks for the fun and trip in history
    Bentley and Mom

    1. Lee read floriferous ~ produces many flowers! When it bloomed we found out it STUNK and I, Wills, cannot stand to be near the flowers. Can you not see my dislike for the flower on my face, I got one ear back and glazed over eyes. STINKY!

  7. Oh dude, STINKY FLOWERS??! Oh noes! Wells, don't worry, I'm sure if it makes it's way to CA, Ma will find it and stink up my place too! It is purty, though!
    That is some pawsome History! Oh, and Ma has seen Nick Clooney on the TeeVees before and he has as much charisma as his son! (or is it than George has as much as his Dad....)
    They just seem like pawsome peeps to me!
    Ruby ♥

    1. Lee has only seen George Clooney when he was in town filming a movie The Ides of March. But his father worked in the same building as Lee. Nick and Nina are truly nice genuine bona fide people.

      Robert Redford was in town close to my community filming "The Old Man  and the Gun" they would not let us get close enough to take a pic. He was not social!

  8. Wow you got to sit on a pawsome porch! Nice!

  9. You enjoy so much history around you.... that flower stinky enough to roll on? That's what Roxy does to stinky stuff.

  10. Really? Wow I've nefer heard of a BAD smelling peony either and it looks so beautiful!
    I luffs the history of Harriet Beecher Stowe, very interesting, there's a Stowe House near me that has dog friendly gardens, if we ever get warmer weather the peeps might take me there fur a walkies
    Loves and licky kisses
    Princess Leah xx

    1. Beauty is only skin deep ~ or in this case flower petal deep.

  11. How dare that tour lady not show up! What a cool and historic place. Mom really enjoys checking out those places
    Lily & Edward

  12. Thanks for another tour around your city. We love learning about your area's history.

  13. I enjoy the history of your city there's no real history in my town. My town has a little over 2500 people. The move Silkwood was filmed here. Norman Bennett is an actor (Hope Floats and Terms of Endearment) he taught high school math here for about 20 years. But no real history so thanks for sharing yours.

    Aroo to you,

    1. I remember Silkwood with the contaminated by radiation and Meryl Streep.

  14. Your area is so rich with history. We love reading about it
    MR Bailey, Hazel & Mabel

  15. What a super interesting post Sweet William. And you look most splendid sitting on the porch where once such a fine lady walked.
    Toodle pip!

  16. Thank you for sharing that history with us. Lady owns Uncle Tom's Cabin.

  17. That's a very pretty flower but sad to hear that it stinks! Thank you for sharing the history of Harriet Becher Stowe and I love the photos of you on the porch :-) Nose licks and love from Moth xx