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A Visit to the Mark Twain House and Museum, Hartford, Connecticut deedsphotos

Updated on July 23, 2014

Twain House & Museum

The Mark Twain House and Museum is worth a visit next time you're in Hartford. The house was designed by New York architect Edward Tuckerman Potter for Twain and his wife Olivia in 1872. They lived there until 1891 when they were forced by Twain's financial difficulties to move out of the house in order to reduce expenses. Although Olivia retained title to the house in her name, they never returned to live there. At one point the house was turned by subsequent owners into apartments. Recently it has been beautifully restored as closely as possible to it's original condition and furnished with many of Twain's and Olivia's original furnishings and belongings. Unfortunately, visitors aren't allowed to take photographs inside the house.

A new Twain museum and bookstore has been constructed adjacent to Twain's mansion. The museum offers a Ken Burns movie biography of Twain and a display of Tiffany glass and lamps. Tiffany designed some of the Twain house's interior decor and furnishings.

Mark Twain's "Huckleberry Finn" is considered by many to be the greatest American novel and Twain remains, without a doubt, our most beloved writer.

Mark Twain House and Museum, Hartford, Connecticut

Twain Museum Bookstore


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Samuel Langhorn Clemens

Museum Bookstore offers beautifully bound volumes of Twain works

Tour guide and group, July 13, 2006

Twain House, West Hartford, Connecticut

Twain House--2nd & 3rd stories

Corner Garden & Fountain Room, Twain House

Porch, Twain House

Painted exterior brick pattern, Twain house.

Porch Ornamentation

Portrait of a Young Mark Twain


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    • Ralph Deeds profile imageAUTHOR

      Ralph Deeds 

      8 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      Michiko Kakutani in the NY Times 1-7-10:

      “All modern American literature,” Ernest Hemingway once wrote, “comes from one book by Mark Twain called ‘Huckleberry Finn.’ ” ...

      Haven’t we learned by now that removing books from the curriculum just deprives children of exposure to classic works of literature? Worse, it relieves teachers of the fundamental responsibility of putting such books in context — of helping students understand that “Huckleberry Finn” actually stands as a powerful indictment of slavery (with Nigger Jim its most noble character), of using its contested language as an opportunity to explore the painful complexities of race relations in this country. To censor or redact books on school reading lists is a form of denial: shutting the door on harsh historical realities — whitewashing them or pretending they do not exist.

    • Ralph Deeds profile imageAUTHOR

      Ralph Deeds 

      8 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      My college American Lit professor rated "Huckleberry Finn" the number one American novel. "Moby Dick" was second.

    • Jael Turner profile image

      Jael Turner 

      8 years ago

      I have always been an admirer of Twain's ever since I read two volumes of his works waiting for jury duty. I'm even writing a novel on Hubpages with Mark Twain as the narrator and central character. The thing that appeals to me most about Twain was that he was so well-loved and still so self-destructive...especially when it came to his investments. I still believe that he remains one of America's best writers.

    • Ralph Deeds profile imageAUTHOR

      Ralph Deeds 

      10 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      Historic Mark Twain House and Museum in danger of closing due to financial shortfall. This would be a tragedy!

    • Ralph Deeds profile imageAUTHOR

      Ralph Deeds 

      11 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      Thanks for you kind compliment!

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      11 years ago

      This should be published in bookform.

      There is nothing else like it and it would be a great service to all of us, Mark Twain's

      fan's. The Museum should back this worthy project. What great pictures!


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