When Harriet Beecher Stowe started writing “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” — a piece of literature that arguably changed the course of American history — she had just moved to Brunswick, Maine, with her husband and six children. Her husband had recently accepted a job with Bowdoin College.
Finding a quiet place to write a novel was understandably tough, so Stowe rented a room in a house near hers. Between 1850 and 1851, Stowe completed much of much of “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” from the second-story bedroom.
The home where Stowe found quiet writing space is now on the market for the first time in 123 years. It’s listed for $3 million. The current owners have owned the home since the turn of the 19th century, when the house was moved from 183 Park Row — and the location from which Stowe wrote — to its current place on one acre near the college campus.
The current owner loves the home, but it’s too much for her to keep up, explained listing agent Karen Nation of Teles Properties Beverly Hills, who shares the listing with fellow Teles agent Ernie Carswell.
“It is a very old home, but she’s kept it very well,” Nation said.
The house was built in 1794 for Tristram Coffin, who was the owner of Nantucket Island at the time. The Coffin family descendants include Charles A. Coffin, who cofounded General Electric, and Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Robert Peter Tristram Coffin.
The house has six bedrooms, as well as a formal dining room, finished attic and one-car garage. The home is currently registered regionally, and the hope is that the new owner will seek to maintain the home’s historic status.
Read more of the home’s history here.
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