Thanks to the folks at the Mark Twain House & Museum for suggesting this to us…
If you are looking for something to do with a literary connection in Hartford, CT then we have a few suggestions:
- Visit the Mark Twain House & Museum – Samuel Clemens (1835-1910) who wrote as Mark Twain moved to Hartford in 1871 shortly after getting married to Olivia. They moved into this house in September of 1874 and live here until they moved to Europe in 1891. Samuel and Olivia never returned to Hartford and sold the house in 1903. It is here in the billiard room where Twain did his writing that he dreamt up his most famous characters, Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer. The Mark Twain House and Museum features unique exhibits, educational programs and community events making this a great destination for readers and history buffs of all ages.
- Visit the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center – Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811-1896) was a Connecticut native and neighbor of Mark Twain. Harriet Beecher Stowe is best known for her best-selling, anti-slavery book, Uncle Tom’s Cabin (1851), although she published more than 30 books. The Center “preserves and interprets Stowe’s Hartford home” where she lived for 23 years. The house itself is a Victorian Gothic Revival home dating to 1871. It includes Victorian-style gardens, the Katharine Seymour Day House grand mansion, and the Stowe Visitor Center, with changing exhibitions and a museum store.
So if you are a history buff and a literary buff you may want to set aside a day to to visit the homes of these two great American authors.