Catharine Beecher - Stowe Center


Catharine Beecher (1800-1878)

Founder and first president of the Hartford Female Seminary (Inducted 1994)

Catharine Beecher expanded her educational mission to incorporate home economics.  She collaborated with sister Harriet Beecher Stowe to update her popular A Treatise on Domestic Economy and published it as The American Women's Home.  Some of their experiments in domesticity are apparent in the Harriet Beecher Stowe Home, constructed in 1871.  An excellent example of Gothic Revival architecture, the house is brick with gingerbread at the gables and brackets at the eaves; it has a steep hip-roof and bay windows and porches on each side. Part of the Stowe Center, it is located at 77 Forest Street in Hartford.

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