Harriet Beecher Stowe Slavery To Freedom Museum
The Harriet Beecher Stowe Museum is housed in the Marshall Key House (1807), built by Marshall Key, nephew of U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Marshall and the 3rd County Clerk of Mason Co. In 1833 while working as a teacher in Cincinnati, Ohio, Harriet Beecher Stowe visited one of her students, Elizabeth Marshall Key, here. During her visit, she was taken to witness a slave auction at the courthouse nearby, and was much distressed by the event. According to historic newspaper accounts from the late 1800s, it is said that this is where Harriet received some of the inspiration for her best selling book, Uncle Tom’s Cabin.