Sad News About Mark Twain’s Home…

I just read some incredibly sad news that Mark Twain’s home in Hartford, CT, may shut down. It is just barely surviving now, sagging under a tremendous load of debt because of the lavish visitors’ center they opened a few years ago. Read the details here.

My husband, daughter and I toured this important historical landmark on a vacation a few years ago. We thoroughly enjoyed visiting the home. It is as unique and eccentric as Twain was… every nook and cranny has a story…

I wrote this poem after our visit:

Twain’s Home in Hartford

Mahogany stairs asceneded
the Victorian house
that Mark built. At the top,
the billiard room
contained a pool table, a Bible, and a writer’s desk.
In this space, line after line,
all the magic happened.

Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn laughed and
bantered from the rafters, as
they played tricks on the curator
that told us the story of the author’s life.
Sun shafts beamed through the
wavey, old glass and carried me
to the mighty Mississippi where
I played on the shores as a kid with Tom and Huck.
I chuckled through the generations
along with old Samuel Langhorne Clemens.
I had hoped, with him,
to persuade you somehow
to whitewash my picket fence today.

2 Comments Add yours

  1. David Katz says:

    I know that this is an old blog and I don’t know if you will see this comment. Did you know that the Mark Twain House is listed as one of the “1001 Buildings to see Before You Die” book? It is also listed in the book “1001 Places to See Before You Die” book. Based upon your blog and these two recommendations I hope that we will visit the Mark Twain House this summer when we are on the East Coast. When you come to visit us I will show you both books. I am sure that you have seen a respectable number of places and buildings listed. I consult both books before I travel. See you soon.

  2. Joe says:

    When good things come to you you won’t appreciate!

    To bad & sad. I passed the house every single day, including saturdays to go to Hardford Community College for 2 yrs.

    For some reason, I never stepped into this house. I always Marvel the house as I walk by, but for some strange reason I never stepped in!

    Now it is passed 15 yrs & I am in Canada. I will never get the chance to see it…..

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