Visiting the Mark Twain House in Hartford Connecticut

@BelleStarr (45175)
United States
June 11, 2019 9:46am CST
I have decided to start a series of posts about some of the places that we have visited and enjoyed. I have toured the Mark Twain House at Nook Farm twice. It has been much upgraded since the first time I visited. Now there is a wonderful museum which includes a film about Mark Twains life here in Connecticut. It was in this home that he wrote some of his greatest works and also where he suffered some of the greatest losses of his life. It is right next door to the Harriet Beecher Stowe House and in that time period, Nook Hill was a center of the literatee in Hartford. The house is visited on a guided tour. Several options are offered. We chose to go on the tour guided by one of his best friends. You can choose between several characters that take people on tours and you can check the schedule on their website. It goes from top to bottom of the house and takes about an hour and a half. We went at Christmas time so it was particularly festive in the house. If you have any interest in Samuel Clemens, you will find this tour very entertaining and will learn a lot about not only him but the times he lived in.
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@Tampa_girl7 (30771)
• United States
11 Jun
What a beautiful house.
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@BelleStarr (45175)
• United States
11 Jun
Yes it is a very Victorian gem, quite lovely inside as well.
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@Courtlynn (61609)
• United States
12 Jun
The house looks really big and nice on the outside.
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@BelleStarr (45175)
• United States
12 Jun
It is beautiful and it still has a very nice piece of land with it. Valuable real estate right in downtown Hartford.
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@yanzalong (11665)
• Indonesia
12 Jun
@BelleStarr Whose house is it now?
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@BelleStarr (45175)
• United States
13 Jun
@yanzalong It is owned by a non-profit group that protects it.
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@simone10 (29616)
• United States
15 Jun
I really love that house!! What does it look like inside! Hopefully, it was done tastefully.
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@BelleStarr (45175)
• United States
15 Jun
It is done to the time period. Most of the pieces do not belong to the family but it is decorated beautifully. The desk from this house where he did his writing is at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan, I saw it there.
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@simone10 (29616)
• United States
16 Jun
@BelleStarr how cool! I would love to see it sometime.
@Corbin5 (146193)
• United States
11 Jun
Mr. Twain had a lovely house to enjoy. The tour would be so interesting.
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@BelleStarr (45175)
• United States
11 Jun
It was, the man stayed in character until the very end and answered any questions without any reference to the current time and thoughts.
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@Corbin5 (146193)
• United States
12 Jun
@BelleStarr Mark Twain was one-of-a-kind, for sure. Amazing man he was. I love his quotes.
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• United States
11 Jun
yup, i'd love to visit there someday :) 'tis a beautiful home'n i can jest 'nvision how they'd decorated the place fer the holiday. love, love, love that porch!
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@BelleStarr (45175)
• United States
11 Jun
It is for all that very much a family home and he had his "man cave" where he could escape way at the top of the building.
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• United States
12 Jun
@BelleStarr sounds a brilliant plan to me! i wish i'd a place here'n the house to 'scape.
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@RubyHawk (32535)
• Atlanta, Georgia
11 Jun
I used to love all Mark Twains books but that was awhile back. He led an interesting life.
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@RubyHawk (32535)
• Atlanta, Georgia
11 Jun
@BelleStarr It is a beautiful old home.
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@JudyEv (160599)
• Bunbury, Australia
11 Jun
That sounds a wonderful place to visit. I'm really surprised any of his friends are still alive - or do you mean one of his fans?
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@BelleStarr (45175)
• United States
11 Jun
No, it is volunteers who take the role of his best friend, his servant and other people in his lfe and assume the character. None of his friends are alive for sure.
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@JudyEv (160599)
• Bunbury, Australia
12 Jun
@BelleStarr I should have guessed that. I'm sure it was interesting.
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@LadyDuck (224929)
• Switzerland
11 Jun
What a beautiful place, I am sorry that I had no time to visit, this looks so intereting.
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@BelleStarr (45175)
• United States
11 Jun
It is an important piece of American literary history. He was a fascinating man with an amazing sense of the ridiculous.
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@LadyDuck (224929)
• Switzerland
12 Jun
@BelleStarr I have read several of his books and I like many of his quotes.
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@rakski (32239)
• Philippines
11 Jun
Beautiful house!
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@BelleStarr (45175)
• United States
11 Jun
Yes it is very architecturally interesting, it is a Victorian Gothic revival.
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@rakski (32239)
• Philippines
11 Jun
@BelleStarr yes, it is a very nice architecture
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@DianneN (120559)
• United States
11 Jun
I loved it when we visited years ago, and will have to return to see the many upgrades.
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@BelleStarr (45175)
• United States
11 Jun
You won't even recognize the wonderful building they created to showcase the museum, it is beautiful. Nice gift shop too.
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@DianneN (120559)
• United States
11 Jun
@BelleStarr That’s something we can do this summer or fall.
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@Hate2Iron (12977)
• Canada
13 Jun
I love the vibe that house seems to be sending out!!
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@BelleStarr (45175)
• United States
13 Jun
It really is a beautiful house and it is an interesting tour. I plan to do it again with another character.
@snowy22315 (68998)
• United States
12 Jun
I saw the signs for that one time when driving through the area. I do think that would be a great place to visit.
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@BelleStarr (45175)
• United States
13 Jun
It really is and together with the Harriet Beecher Stowe house makes a nice afternoon visit.
@TRBRocks420 (101257)
• Banks, Oregon
11 Jun
Should be a interesting series and, I bet it was especially nice during the holidays.
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@BelleStarr (45175)
• United States
12 Jun
I do love to visit homes that are decorated for Christmas.
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@much2say (35364)
• United States
11 Jun
What an amazing looking house - I wonder what the interior is like ! That's totally a place we'd visit . . . is the museum a side structure or is it actually in that home?
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@BelleStarr (45175)
• United States
12 Jun
I was not allowed to take photos inside but it is to the period of the mid to late 1800s.
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@Janet357 (17131)
11 Jun
oh i love tom sawyer thus, knowing where mark twain lives and what his house.looks like, i wanna thank you for this.
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@BelleStarr (45175)
• United States
11 Jun
Thank you, he was a very interesting man and lived quite an exciting life.
@maezee (37572)
• United States
11 Jun
What a cool looking place! I will look forward to these posts. I am trying something similar to kind of document my travels!
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@BelleStarr (45175)
• United States
11 Jun
Thank you, I was running out of things to talk about and since I have been to thousands of places, I should be good well .... forever lol
@andriaperry (80836)
• Anniston, Alabama
11 Jun
I would love to visit.
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@BelleStarr (45175)
• United States
11 Jun
He is the quintessential American writer and it just feels right to visit his house. I also visited his grave in Elmira NY.
@yanzalong (11665)
• Indonesia
12 Jun
Absolutely.
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