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Listing of the Week: Where ‘Uncle Tom’s Cabin’ Was Born

When Harriet Beecher Stowe set out to pen “Uncle Tom’s Cabin,” she first tried writing at home. However, her six children prevented Stowe from making progress, so she rented a room in a house up the street from her own in Brunswick, Maine. According to the owners of the home, that second-floor bedroom is where much of “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” was written between 1850 and 1851.
The house was built in 1794 for Tristram Coffin, the original owner of Nantucket Island. His descendants include Charles A. Coffin, who cofounded General Electric, and Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Robert Peter Tristram Coffin.
When Stowe rented a room in the house, it was located on 183 Park Row. The family moved the residence at the turn of the 20th century.
“The owners hope whoever will buy it, will preserve it,” she said. “They won’t sell it to somebody who will tear it down.”
The house sits on a nearly one-acre lot and has six bedrooms, a finished attic and basement, and one-car garage.
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