Child­hood home of Har­riet Beecher Stowe for sale on eBay

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - ENTERTAINMENT - BY PAT EA­TON-ROBB

The birth­place of abo­li­tion­ist writer Har­riet Beecher Stowe, which was dis­as­sem­bled and stored in trail­ers 20 years ago, has been put up for sale on eBay.

The move is the lat­est in the un­usual his­tory of preacher Ly­man Beecher’s Litch­field house, which was built in 1811, served as the child­hood home for his 11 chil­dren and was later a san­i­tar­ium and then a dor­mi­tory for a pri­vate school.

It was sold by the For­man School for $1 and de­con­structed in 1997 by a buyer who planned to move it and turn it into a mu­seum about the early life of the “Un­cle Tom’s Cabin’’ au­thor. But those plans never came to fruition.

The re­mains of the house, which have been stored in four stor­age trail­ers in Mas­sachusetts and Con­necti­cut, were ac­quired two years ago by a Wood­bury an­tiques dealer, Art Pap­pas, who is look­ing for some­one will­ing to pur­chase and re­store the build­ing.

Folk singer Pete Seeger also lived in the build­ing when it was a dor­mi­tory dur­ing the 1920s.

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