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Author Stowe’s House Sells for $1

October 25, 1997

LITCHFIELD, Conn. (AP) _ The house where Harriet Beecher Stowe was born sold Friday for a bicentennial $1 coin as payment.

Chandler Saint, a restorer of antiques and furniture, and a partner bought the house from a private school that wanted to tear it down to make room for a new dormitory.

The new owners plan to turn the house into a museum honoring the ``Uncle Tom’s Cabin″ writer and abolitionist. She was born in the rambling, gray house in 1811 and lived there for 13 years.

The house, built in 1774, has been moved twice, renovated and now sits abandoned, paint peeling, on the grounds of Forman School, which had used it as a dormitory here in Stowe’s hometown.

Beginning Monday, workers plan to carefully catalog and dismantle it. It will be taken to a yet undetermined location in town to be restored, Saint said.

``In the next two weeks there will be a lot of `wows,′ as we uncover things,″ Saint said. ``I have a good sense of what’s there, but there will be nothing like actually seeing it.″

Chandler and partner Stephen Solley hope to raise $1.5 million to pay for the restoration and museum project.

Stowe wrote lovingly about the house with garrets that were ``splendid grounds for little people″ and a view of Bantam Lake’s ``girdle of steel-blue pines.″

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