Harriet Beecher Stowe – Duval County Writer

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One of the first North Florida Writers I learned about in school was Harriet Beecher Stowe. She lived in Mandarin for a number of years and there is a plaque in front of her old house with a park and even an extensive display in the Mandarin Museum. https://www.mandarinmuseum.net/mandarin-history/harriet-beecher-stowe I’m sure almost every single child in Duval County has had to do some kind of report on Mrs. Stowe and her famous Uncle Tom’s Cabin.

Harriett Beecher Stowe in Mandarin

Harriet Beecher Stowe was born on June 14, 1811, and died on July 1, 1896.
Born in Litchfield, Connecticut, Beecher Stowe was the daughter of an outspoken religious leader, Lyman Beecher. She was the sister of the educator and author, Catherine Beecher, clergymen Henry Ward Beecher and Charles Beecher.

Her most famous novel, “Uncle Tom’s Cabin”, depicted life for African-Americans under slavery. Upon meeting Stowe, Abraham Lincoln allegedly remarked, “So you’re the little woman that started this Great War!”

Harriet Beacher Stowe: One of Florida’s First Snowbirds

In the 1870s and 1880s, Stowe and her family wintered in Mandarin, south of Jacksonville on the St. Johns River. Mandarin can be reached by following State Road 13 south out of Jacksonville along the eastern bank of the St. Johns River.

Stowe wrote “Palmetto Leaves” while living in Mandarin, an early promotional book directed at Florida’s potential Northern investors at the time.



“Uncle Tom’s Cabin; or, Life Among the Lowly” – 1851 – Download a copy -> UncleTomsCabin-HarrietteBeecherS

Dred, A Tale of the Great Dismal Swamp – 1856

Our Charley and What to do with Him – 1858

The Minister’s Wooing – 1859

The Pearl of Orr’s Island: A Story of the Coast of Maine – 1862

Agnes of Sorrento 1862

Oldtown Folks – 1869

Little Pussy Willow – 1870

Pink and White Tyranny; A Society Novel – 1871.

My Wife and I: or, Harry Henderson’s History – 1871.

Six of One by Half a Dozen of the Other – 1872 (co-authored with Adeline D.T. Whitney, Lucretia P. Hale, Frederic W. Loring, Frederic B. Perkins and Edward E. Hale.)

We and our Neighbors; or, The Records of an Unfashionable Street: A Novel – 1875 (Sequel to My wife and I.)


Religious Poems. Boston: Ticknor and Fields – 1867


A New England Sketchbook – A. Gilman – 1834. (As Harriet E. Beecher.)

Earthly Care, A Heavenly Discipline. Boston: The American Tract Society. [ca. 1845].

“A New Year’s Dream”. The Christian Keepsake, and Missionary Annual, for MDCCCXLIX. n.l.: Brower, Hayes & Co. [1849].

History of the Edmonson Family. Andover, Mass.: The Author. 1852?. (Self-published book to raise funds to educate Emily and Mary Edmonson, former slaves redeemed by a public subscription in 1848, supported by Stowe.)

A Key to Uncle Tom’s Cabin, presenting the original facts and documents upon which the story is founded together with corroborative statements verifying the truth of the work. – 1853

Sunny Memories of Foreign Lands – 1854

First Geography for Children – 1855

Stories about our Dogs – 1865 (Nimmo’s Sixpenny Juvenile Series.)

House and Home Papers – 1865 (Published under the name of Christopher Crowfield.)

Little Foxes – 1866 (Published under the name of Christopher Crowfield.)

Men of our Times; or, Leading Patriots of the Day. Being narratives of the lives and deeds of statesmen, generals, and orators. Including biographical sketches and anecdotes of Lincoln, Grant, Garrison, Sumner, Chase, Wilson, Greeley, Farragut, Andrew, Colfax, Stanton, Douglas, Buckingham, Sherman, Sheridan, Howard, Phillips and
Beecher – 1868

The Chimney Corner – 1868 (Published under the name of Christopher Crowfield.)

The American Woman’s Home; or, Principles of Domestic Science being a guide to the formation and maintenance of economical, healthful, beautiful, and Christian homes – 1869 (Written with Catherine Beecher.)

Textbook version: Principles of Domestic Science as Applied to the Duties and Pleasures of Home: A Text-book for the use of Young Ladies in Schools, Seminaries, and Colleges – 1870

The Lives and Deeds of our Self-made Men. Hartford, Conn.: Worthington, Dustin – 1872

Lady Byron Vindicated: A History of the Byron Controversy, from its beginning in 1816 to the present time – 1870

Palmetto-Leaves – 1873. – Download a copy-> PalmettoLeaves-HarrietteBeecherS

Woman in Sacred History: A Series of Sketches Drawn from Scriptural, Historical, and Legendary Sources – 1873.

Footsteps of the Master – 1877

Bible Heroines, Being Narrative Biographies of Prominent Hebrew Women in the Patriarchal, National, and Christian Eras, Giving Views of Women in Sacred History, as
Revealed in the Light of the Present Day – 1878

Poganuc People: Their Loves and Lives – 1878

He’s Coming Tomorrow – [published between 1889–83]

A Dog’s Mission; or, The Story of the Old Avery House and Other Stories – 1880. (Collection of children’s stories consisting of “A Dog’s Mission,” “Lulu’s Pupil,” “The Daisy’s First Winter,” “Our Charley,” “Take Care of the Hook,” “A Talk about Birds,” “The Nest in the Orchard” AND “The Happy Child”.)


Life of Harriet Stowe by her son Charles Edward Stowe – Compiled from her Letters and Journals
Download the Book – Life of Harriet Beecher Stowe by her Son

Click here -> Biography.com To reach the featured article on Stowe as an Activist

Florida Frontiers, TV


DOWNLOAD – Household Papers and Stories by Harriet Beecher Stowe -> HouseholdPapersAndStories_HarrietteBeecherStowe

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I am a retired medical office worker who sold everything, bought an old RV and began traveling around the state of Florida with her mother and youngest daughter. My mother has since passed and I work on my books, blogs and websites in the rural quiet of Suwannee County Florida.

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