A Visit to the Mark Twain House and Museum, Hartford, Connecticut deedsphotos
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.
1-7-11NYTimes--"A New Huckleberry Finn" Michiko Kakutani
- "Sanitizing" Huckleberry Finn is sacralege!
All modern American literature, Ernest Hemingway once wrote, comes from one book by Mark Twain called Huckleberry Finn. ...To censor or redact books on school reading lists is a form of denial: shutting the door on harsh historical realities
6-2-08 Rumors of Demise of Twain House May Be True Allison Cowan in the NY Times
- Mark Twain House in Financial Straits
The foundation that runs the historic Mark Twain House and Museum in Hartford, Connecticut, is in financial straits and may be forced to shut down or curtail operations.
The Mark Twain House and Museum Website
This website contains a wealth of information about the Twain House and Museum and about Mark Twain and his life and family.