Nutplains: 1811–1816

Joan D. Hedrick

in Harriet Beecher Stowe

Published in print July 1995 | ISBN: 9780195096392
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199854288 | DOI:
Nutplains: 1811–1816

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Harriet Beecher Stowe's richest memories of Roxana Beecher were entangled with her visits to her mother's childhood home in Guilford, Connecticut, in an area called Nutplains. By contrast with the Roxana of Litchfield, who was Lyman Beecher's wife, the Roxana of Nutplains emerged from her own family culture and from a women's culture thick in associations. Here Roxana was daughter and sister and domestic artist. In Nutplains, Harriet's memories of her mother were shaped by Grandmother Roxana Foote and her aunts, particularly her mother's favorite sister, Aunt Harriet Foote. In temper, tone, and religious conviction Nutplains represented a colorful contrast to Litchfield. Nutplains was Episcopal and aristocratic, a place of refinement and culture where children were taught to sit straight in their chairs and say “Yes, Maʼam” and “No, Maʼam.” The contrasting cultures of Litchfield and Nutplains were dark and light threads woven into the texture of Harriet's young consciousness.

Keywords: Harriet Beecher Stowe; Roxana Beecher; Nutplains; Lyman Beecher; Roxana Foote; Harriet Foote; Connecticut

Chapter.  3553 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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