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The Mark Twain House & Museum, a National Historic Landmark in Hartford, Connecticut, was the home of America’s greatest author, Samuel Clemens (a.k.a. Mark Twain) and his family from 1874 to 1891.  A stunning example of Picturesque Gothic architecture, the 25-room home features a dramatic grand hall, a lush glass conservatory, a grand library and the handsome billiard room where Twain wrote his famous books.

Olivia was given free hand and used her inheritance money to build this home, the home that they lost in bankruptcy in 1891.  Twain then moved his family to Europe and they all lived there for almost ten years. He had to return to the lecture circuit to make money.

Notice the replica of a riverboat captain’s wheelhouse on the upper story.  The house cost $70,000 in 1874 to build, about $2 million in today’s dollars. Most of the pictures here are from the Government Archives free online.

Sam Clemens’ family home in Hartford 1874 to 1891

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