Ron & Elena's 2007-2010 Travels travel blog

Today's adventure.

Life size statue of Mark Twain made from Legos.

These photos taken in the museum give some good brief background information.



This is a view of the rear of the home.

North side of the house.

Rear of the house.


The barn and carriage house. The Clemens kept quite a few animals...

The inside of the home is very beautiful with elegant woodwork.




Samuel invested much of his fortune in this automatic type setting machine....




Maybe he would have enjoyed full-time RVing!

Here are two photos of his next door neighbor's house. Harriet Beecher...


(Ron Writing) This afternoon we toured The Mark Twain House & Museum in Hartford, CT. Samuel Clemens (his real name) built a beautiful home in Hartford soon after marrying Olivia Langdon. It is a large beautiful home right next door to the mansion owned by Harriet Beecher Stowe. It was at this home where he wrote most of his most famous books and where he and Olivia had four children.

We had two guided tours; the first one took us through most of the living quarters of the home and the second took us through the portion of the house where most of the seven servants lived and worked including the kitchen. Both of our guides were very knowledgable and gave us a lot of history about the family and the house.

Samuel and Olivia loved Hartford and this home; however, Samuel proved to be a much better writer than an investor. He lost a great deal of money in the late 1800’s on failed investments and was forced into bankruptcy. They moved to Europe and later sold this home as he worked to pay off his debts and recover financially.

We were not allowed to take any photos inside the house but it was very elegant and had many advanced features for its day. We were able to take a few photos in the museum and of the outside of the house. Fortunately we had nice weather today.

After the tour we drove over to the Cabela’s, a sportsmen store, in Hartford. We spent some time looking at the beautiful displays of mounted animals and did a little shopping. We are parked at Cabela’s for the night.

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