Harriet Beecher Stowe

The most famous of the large and illustrious Beecher clan to arrive in Walnut Hills in 1832, Harriet was just 21 years old and at first lived in the shadow of her older sister Catherine. The sisters worked together in Catherine’s Western Female Institute, and joined a literary circle known as the Semi-Colon Club. Both[…]

Lane Seminary Debates

Walnut Hills played a central role in the beginning of the Abolitionist movement that demanded an end to slavery in the United States. Lane Theological Seminary opened to students in 1833, and in February, 1834, the students organized a series of debates about slavery. The students voted overwhelmingly that slavery should end immediately. The formerly[…]

James Bradley

James Bradley arrived in Walnut Hills in 1834 as a former slave who bought his own freedom. In the peculiar institution of slavery, African Americans found ways to shape their own destinies. Bradley seized upon many of the opportunities available to enslaved people in a story of entrepreneurial genius. On a plantation in Arkansas he[…]