Mark Twain’s Connecticut

  • Immerse yourself in Mark Twain’s time. The Mark Twain House (c.1874) 351 Farmington Ave., Hartford, I-84 Exit 46-the site of his happiest time – has rare Louis Comfort Tiffany interiors. Harriet Beecher Stowe, author of Uncle Tom’s Cabin, lived next door. Tour both Victorian houses. Then be sure to see the firearms collection of Twain’s friend, manufacturer Sam Colt, at the Museum of Connecticut History, 231 Capitol Ave. The Ultimate Connecticur River experience with the Lady Katherine Cruises.
  • Then visit the Cheney Homestead in Manchester, I-383 Exit 3, to see great grandfather clocks and remnants of the silk industry.
  • Take I-84 west to scenic Redding where the Twain family summered and visit the Mark Twain Memorial Library which he started.

DRIVING TIP: Approximate driving distance between 1 & 3 are 60 miles.

The Mark Twain House

Elaborate Victorian (1874) mansion with rare interiors by Louis Comfort Tiffany (1881) was the author’s home for 17 years (1874-1891). 19 splendidly furnished rooms including many of Twain’s possessions. National Historic Landmark. The Museum Center features a store with fine gifts, cafT, Ken Burns’ documentary, orientation and changing exhibition galleries, lectures and special programs.

Harriet Beecher Stowe

1871 Victorian cottage, home of the author of the anti-slavery classic, Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Grounds include gardens, 1884 Queen Anne-style Katharine Seymour Day house, Visitor Center. Guided tours of the Stowe House includes a visit to the Day House and admission to changing exhibitions. Children’s costume tours and seasonal garden tours. Museum shop, research library.

Museum of Connecticut

1871 Victorian cottage, home of the author of the anti-slavery classic, Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Grounds include gardens, 1884 Queen Anne-style Katharine Seymour Day house, Visitor Center. Guided tours of the Stowe House includes a visit to the Day House and admission to changing exhibitions. Children’s costume tours and seasonal garden tours. Museum shop, research library.

Cheney Homestead

Connecticut’s 1662 Royal Charter, Colt collection of firearms, changing exhibits, portraits of Connecticut’s governors. Permanent exhibit Connecticut Collections.

 

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