Mark Twain House & Harriet Beecher Stowe Center

Thursday, November 14
9:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

 

Description

The Mark Twain House & Museum, a National Historic Landmark, was the home of one of America’s greatest authors, Samuel Clemens (a.k.a. Mark Twain) and his family from 1874 to 1891. It is where Twain lived when he wrote his most important works, including Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, The Prince and The Pauper, and A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court. A stunning example of Picturesque Gothic architecture, the 25-room home features a dramatic grand hall with rare examples of Victorian decorative arts by Louis Comfort Tiffany’s design firm Associated Artists, a lush glass conservatory, a grand library and the handsome billiard room where Twain wrote his famous books.

Just next door to Mark Twain House is the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center where revolutionary author Harriet Beecher Stowe lived after the publication of her bestseller, Uncle Tom's Cabin. A prominent member of the Hartford community, Stowe helped reinvigorate the art museum at the Wadsworth Atheneum and helped establish the Hartford Art School, which eventually became part of the University of Hartford. Stowe's Victorian home, a National Historic Landmark, was where she wrote some of her best known works after Uncle Tom's Cabin, including The American Woman's Home, Lady Byron Vindicated, and Pogunuc People. The research library inside the center includes letters, documents, and other items owned by the family and the tour of Harriet's home includes the “Behind the Stacks Tour” which includes the opportunity to explore the reseach library of 12,000 books, 4,000 paplets, 180,000 manuscripts, and 12,000 images.

Comfortable shoes and sunglasses are recommended!

Departure

Tour departs from the Convention Center.

Inclusions

  • Roundtrip transportation via motor coach.

  • Mark Twain House & Museum and Harriet Beecher Stowe Center admission fees.

Registration

An additional registration fee of $57 is required in advance of the event.

 

Photos courtesy of John Groo for The Mark Twain House & Museum and the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, Hartford, Connecticut