Rory: This marble is two hundred years old. Harriet Beecher Stowe walked on this marble.
Lorelai: Oh, the banister.
Rory: Was donated by Robert Frost.
Lorelai: The sconce.
Rory: Was ceremoniously lit for the first time by Thomas Edison.
Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811-1896) was an abolitionist and writer of over ten books, including Uncle Tom's Cabin, the first major American novel with an African-American hero, and was the source for much of the growing antipathy towards slavery during the 1800s.
Robert Frost (1874 –1963) is, in the estimation of many, the greatest American poet of the 20th century and one of the greatest poets writing in English in the 20th century. Frost received four Pulitzer Prizes.
Thomas Alva Edison (1847 – 1931) was the father of the modern industrial lab, and invented, among many other things, the first practical light bulb, the phonograph, and movie projector.