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Have a Look Inside The House Where Mark Twain Spent His Happiest Years

During the time he was writing both The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court, the author we know as Mark Twain (AKA Samuel Clemens) was living in a gorgeous and very large home in Hartford Connecticut. Clemens later moved to Redding, CT, before his death in 1910. But, from 1874 to 1891 Clemens resided in the Hartford house in what can only be called a very fine lifestyle indeed. Have a look inside his Hartford home with us!

A Detailed Look Inside Mark the Hartford Home of Mark Twain

Samuel Clemens and his wife, Olivia with their 3 daughters (Susy, Clara, and Jean) at the Hartford house.

A Detailed Look Inside Mark the Hartford Home of Mark Twain

Main entryway. Via/ Library of Congress

A Detailed Look Inside Mark the Hartford Home of Mark Twain

Main staircase. Via/ Library of Congress

A Detailed Look Inside Mark the Hartford Home of Mark Twain

Dining room. Via/ Library of Congress

A Detailed Look Inside Mark the Hartford Home of Mark Twain

Another view of the dining room. Via/ Library of Congress

In 1890 Clemens’ bad investments, including a typesetting machine that was quickly outmoded by other printing methods, caught up with him. In 1891 he moved with his family to Europe before setting out on a speaking tour, the latter of which enabled him to pay off his debts. But, the family would never again live at the Hartford house after Clemens’ financial problems.

A Detailed Look Inside Mark the Hartford Home of Mark Twain

First floor drawing room. Via/ Library of Congress

A Detailed Look Inside Mark the Hartford Home of Mark Twain

East door of the drawing room. Via/ Library of Congress

A Detailed Look Inside Mark the Hartford Home of Mark Twain

Observatory resplendent with plants. Via/ Library of Congress

A Detailed Look Inside Mark the Hartford Home of Mark Twain

First floor library. Via/ Library of Congress

A Detailed Look Inside Mark the Hartford Home of Mark Twain

First floor bedroom. Via/ Library of Congress

Built with the earnings from his most popular works, Clemens and Olivia had the house custom built to their unique specifications. Along with their home in Elmira, New York, the Hartford house served as one of the primary residences for the family of 5 for what Clemens would later call some of the happiest years of his life. Today the house is still standing and regular tours are given of this most beautiful home.

A Detailed Look Inside Mark the Hartford Home of Mark Twain

Elegant bathroom decked out in antique rugs. Via/ Library of Congress

A Detailed Look Inside Mark the Hartford Home of Mark Twain

Second floor landing. Via/ Library of Congress

A Detailed Look Inside Mark the Hartford Home of Mark Twain

Samuel and Olvia Langdon Clemens’ bedroom. Via/ Library of Congress

A Detailed Look Inside Mark the Hartford Home of Mark Twain

Their daughter Susy’s bedroom. Via/ Library of Congress

A Detailed Look Inside Mark the Hartford Home of Mark Twain

Billiards room. Via/ Library of Congress

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