Uncle Toms Cabin, then and now


Uncle Toms Cabin (today)
Date: 
Sun, 1852-04-11

Uncle Toms Cabin, an antislavery novel written in 1852 is celebrated on this date. The story was written about a faithful Black slave killed by a cruel white enslaver.

The book was popular, selling over 300,000 copies within a year; it was written by Harriet Beecher Stowe. By delivering a passionate indictment of slavery, the story intensified antagonism between the North and the South in the pre-Civil War era. While meeting Stowe at the White House in 1863, President Lincoln greeted her as the “little woman who wrote the book that made this Great War.”

Uncle Toms Cabin is linked to one of Washington D. C.'s greatest historical secrets. The model for the lead charter was Josiah Henson, a slave who lived for more than 30 years on a 500-acre plantation in what is now Bethesda, MD. All that remains of the plantation is a log cabin (shown) attached to a small, colonial style house off Old Georgetown Road just north of Tilden Lane.

Since 1963, Marcel and Hildegarde Mallet-Prevost have owned the 1.25-acre property. This includes one of the few late 18th century frame homes standing in Montgomery County. Last renovated in the 1930’s, the house and cabin are one the county’s Historic Preservation Master Plan.

Reference:
1001 things everyone should know about African American History
by Jeffery C. Stewart,
Copyright 1996, DoubleDay
ISBN 0-385-47309-5