Visiting Mark Twain’s Hartford Home

I might not be reading or writing too much these days, but I did take a few photos and did buy some postcards when I was visiting friends in Hartford, Connecticut recently.
We visited the Mark Twain House and Museum. Set on a hillside on busy Farmington Avenue in West Hartford, the Samuel L. Clemens‘ house was the place to be on a beautiful day with the temperature in the low ’80s degrees Fahrenheit.
The photos start with some postcards I purchased at the gift shop in the museum building on the grounds because the house is kept very dark and no picture taking was allowed inside. Click to enlarge all pictures.
–Isn’t it a beautiful home? The architect was Edward Potter. The interior was decorated after it was built by Louis Comfort Tiffany and his associates.

–This is the sitting room that the ladies would retire to after dinner for music and gossip. The bust is of Olivia Clemens (Sam’s wife) at 19 and the large mirror was a wedding gift from her parents.

 –The library was created to be comfortable and had a Turkish feel. Twain read to his visitors and entertained guests and family in this room.

–A view of the fireplace imported from Scotland in the library.

–The beautiful conservatory
–The Clemens’ bedroom. The bed was imported from Venice (he paid a hefty price), and Sam discovered it was a fake so he put his pillow at the foot of the bed to enjoy the ornate fake headboard. His daughters would take the angels off the posts and play with them. His nightstand jutted out just as in the picture.

–The children’s classroom. Olivia Clemens homeschooled her 3 girls in this room.

–The billiards room on the 3rd floor. The small desk in the right corner is where Clemens did most of his writing. He entertained his friends and played pool in this room. The room has 3 balconies where Clemens would “step out” to if he did not want to greet visitors.

And now, my pictures:
 –Note the ornate brickwork.

 –The huge, beautiful porch would be most enjoyable in the spring and summer months. Carriages could pull up in to the front door in inclement weather and be covered.

–The detached carriage house

I was a little jealous of the guide that led the tour. What a beautiful and historic place to get to work on a daily basis.

  1 comment for “Visiting Mark Twain’s Hartford Home

  1. September 6, 2011 at 8:16 PM

    neat! denise, i could see you being a guide in a place like this….

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