Home of Mark Twain - Hannibal, Missouri
June 2017 I was invited on a trip right around my birthday. My boyfriend's family reunion, in which 85-100 people showed up. (That was not all of the family. Some did not attend.) During this weekend reunion, we got the opportunity to see Hannibal, Missouri. The historic home of Samuel Clemens, or better known as, Mark Twain. I got to view it by riverboat, as well as trolley. We went to museums. Where I purchased books about "Haunted Hannibal" and "Molly Brown from Hannibal, Missouri: Her Life in the Gilded Age." (Those that do not know, Molly Brown was on the Titanic when it sank. However, she was not one that died.)
This is actually the oldest wall that is still standing in Historic Hannibal. They have some pretty unique shops, where I was able to get a Native American totem pole, and a sketch of Mark Twain driving his river boat, as well as two books that were autographed by the authors. I even got a snap shot of a Tiger Lily, growing by this historic wall.
Right next to the historical building where we paid for our trolley ride, there is a small garden with a gazebo.
The view of the Mississippi River offers a view of what is known as 'Lovers Leap.' A beautiful sight. The story of the name 'Lovers Leap' is about two individuals from two different Native American tribes who fell in love. However, the two different Native American tribes were in a war against each other. The lovers were found together, and they jumped off the cliff of 'Lovers Leap'. Of course, they end the story with a happy ending, by saying, "they landed on a barge, moved far away, had many Native American babies, and lived happily ever after." THE END. However, I do not think they really know how this story ended.
Statue of Mark Twain
These views were actually taken via trolley. In which we were allowed to get off the trolley to take pictures. We even passed by the cemetery, which I am sure will be mentioned in the "Haunted Hannibal" book that I purchased. If interested, they offer Ghost Tours of Hannibal.
The reunion started at Huckleberry Park, where we brought our own Subway sandwiches and ate, learning about things that happened the last time they all saw each other. Or, in my case, meeting them all for the first time.
Saturday evening, there was a dinner in the conference room of the hotel that we were staying at. In the hospitality room, they had old pictures of their ancestors, as well as a picture that was painted by an ancestor, and a video playing of a previous family reunion. (The most recent reunion picture reminded me of the family picture that was taken at my maternal Grandparents 60th Wedding Anniversary celebration.
They had a sing along where songs were created around different tunes. It was really a great bonding time.
Before we left, my boyfriend took the hard copy of the Family genealogy and went to the hotel desk and asked if they could make a copy of it for him. Which they did. Once another family member got wind of what he did, they did the same.
Apparently, Mark Twain Shrine is near Mark Twain Lake, where the cabin Mark Twain was born resides. My boyfriend's father wanted to take us near where he and my boyfriend went hunting awhile ago. I bought a Mark Twain Quote book that reminded me of an assignment that I had to do in American Literature 2 class in college, as well as some pins that I have started collecting. We also got to watch a short film about Mark Twain.
It was definitely a great time.
This event was exactly something that I would like to do in my own family. I wish that I had been available to attend the Roy Family Reunion in Maine in 1994. Knowing that my maternal grandmother's ancestry leads right to Acadia. I would have probably learned much more about her genealogy. Unfortunately, we weren't part of the correct circles to get this information. However, to actually take a tour of where my Native American ancestors have been would be a dream come true. Learning all the stories that may be passed along in families.