A Southern Home of Harriett Beecher Stowe – Jacksonville, Florida (1911)

The Beecher family, the formidable dynasty of literary and ecclesiastical achievement, was formed in New England and flourished throughout the 19th century in Boston, Hartford, New York, and at colleges in Ohio.


Harriet Beecher Stowe wrote her most influential book, “Uncle Tom’s Cabin”, in Brunswick, Maine where her husband was a professor at Bowdoin College.

The Stowe’s also lived for a time in Hartford, Connecticut – their home there is now a museum, next door to the home of Mark Twain.

The publication of “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” was an international sensation; the work was a best-seller in the United States and the British Isles and was adapted for the stage.

Although vilified throughout the South throughout the decade preceding the Civil War, Harriett bought a home in Duval County, Florida and lived there intermittently after the War.


This postcard photograph of the Florida home of Harriett Beecher Stowe was published by the Drew Company of Jacksonville.

The hand-colored print was made in Germany.

In April of 1911, the postcard was mailed from Jacksonville by S. R.

Addressed to Mrs. Sarah H. Stacey of Roxbury, Massachusetts, it is likely that the postcard was received within two days.

Roxbury was founded as a community in the earliest years of the Plymouth Colony; the area was incorporated within the city of Boston in 1868.


On the reverse, the sender sends best wishes for the good health of the Staceys, and assures them that, “I often think of you”.

One hopes that the Staceys were admirers of Harriett Beecher Stowe and that they appreciated the postcard remembrance.


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