You Can Virtually Tour Mark Twain’s Connecticut House Where He Wrote “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer”

published Apr 12, 2020
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A writer’s home is often more than just a place with four walls, but a sanctuary where they can buckle down and pour their soul out on paper. Mark Twain did just that for years in his family home that now operates as a museum in Hartford, CT—and you can visit the very grounds at the click of a button.

The Mark Twain House and Museum is offering a virtual tour of the house for anyone interested in exploring the historic grounds. Roam the fully furnished room where famous literary pieces of art were born, like “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” and “Old Times on the Mississippi,” to name a few. 

Mark Twain, whose real name was Samuel Clemens, and his wife Olivia “Livy” purchased land to build the home in 1873 and commissioned New York architect Edward Tuckerman Potter to do the job. Livy had a large say in the design of the home, and one year later they moved into the place that Twain recalled as “the happiest and most productive years of his life,” according to the Museum’s website. 

The three-floor house has 25 rooms in total, and when it was originally built it was filled with the most modern innovations, such as hot and old running water, flush toilets, and one even had a shower. Additionally, it was lit by gaslight, had rudimentary ductwork, and even a security system that ran on batteries from the start.

Since the construction of the house was costly, the couple waited seven years until they contracted Louis C. Tiffany & Co.‚ Associated Artists to decorate their walls and ceilings in the public rooms. The property was decked out in grand style, the first floor alone filled with design motifs from Morocco, Japan, China, and Turkey. 

But don’t take the House and Museum website’s word for it—go see for yourself on the grand tour.