The Mark Twain House & Museum
The Mark Twain House and Museum
Samuel Clemens (a.k.a Mark Twain) and his family lived in this house which was designed by his talented wife, Olivia Clemens. She sketched how she wanted the house to be built with help from her friends. Mark Twain loved their Hartford home upon completion. He enjoyed being at home and recalled his happiest memories and most productive years were spent within the walls of this inspiring home that they lived in from 1874-1891.
Mark Twain wrote his famous books such as Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, and The Prince and the Pauper in the billiard room in this loving home. The 25 room home has Gothic architecture, a gorgeous grand hall, magnificent library, and a glass conservatory. It is a National Historic Landmark in Hartford, Connecticut and has many special events, guided tours, and educational programs that enlightened everyone about the life and writing of Mark Twain.
You will only gain access of the house through a guided tour. The expertise of the guides will astound you with the knowledge have not only about the house, but the glamorous yet down to earth social life of the Clemens. How the children and parents spent time together, what happened at their beautiful parties, and was Mark Twain anything like what he wrote about in his well-loved books?, are a few questions that will be answered in the entertaining, yet educational tour.
A spookier side to the charming house are the Graveyard Shift Ghost Tours to learn about spiritualism in what fascinated many people back in the 1800's. If you are looking for something more in a tour than a fright, you can come to the Holiday Tour to see how the Clemens enjoyed the holidays. Many people book in advance and continue to come year after year on this fun-filled tour.
Every month the Clemen's historic house has ongoing events. Many things happened not only in Mark Twain's life, but in the lives of people around him including slavery. You can learn about how his attitude and views changed on the bondage of others over the years.
You can see a film festival, visit the Mark Twain museum which has a rotating exhibition room, and visit the store. Finally, no visit is complete without something delicious to eat! The Murasaki Cafe has four star Japanese cuisine which you can linger over as you ponder on the many facets that make up the life of Mark Twain.