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Dr. Marion Visits the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center

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Marion Somers, the elder care specialist who is driving across the country in a refurbished Greyhound bus to represent the 3in4 Association’s long-term care (LTC) planning awareness campaign, recently stopped at several locations in Hartford, one of the unofficial capitals of the American insurance industry.

One of the sites she visited in Hartford was the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, a museum complex that includes one Stowe’s homes.

Stowe is best known as the author of Uncle Tom’s Cabin, a novel that lured white readers into thinking about, and starting to understand, the horrors of slavery.

Stowe also was a famous provider and recipient of informal LTC services.

Charles Edward, a biographer, says Stowe believed she should care for her ailing husband alone, and that, until Stowe relented and hired a nurse, she worked so hard at tending to her husband that she may have ruined her own health.

The Stowe Center says Stowe’s twin daughters, Harriet and Eliza, stayed at home, never married, and cared for Stowe in her old age. After Stowe died, Harriet and Eliza moved to Simsbury, Conn., to be near their brother Charles.


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