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Mark Twain House

351 Farmington Ave., Hartford, CT 06105
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Ranked #2 of 44 attractions in Hartford
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites
Activities: Shopping
Traveler Description: Mark Twain and his family lived in this 19-room mansion on Farmington Avenue from 1874-1891.  Many rooms are lavishly decorated by Associated... more »
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Fairfax, Virginia
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176 reviews 176 reviews
154 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

We really enjoyed our tour of his home here in Hartford CT. It was one of the many interesting sites here in Hartford.

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Suwanee, Georgia
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32 reviews 32 reviews
18 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

We toured both the Harriet Beecher Stowe home next door, as well as the Twain House. Both guides were very well informed, especially Mark, our guide at Twain's home. He was able to answer all questions except one, and he gave information as to where to find the answer. He balanced the role of tour guide with host, allowing us... More

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Ft. Worth, Tx
11 reviews 11 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

We were taken here on a tour and found it very interesting and informative to see how the family lived, to find out that their home was purchase with the wife's inheritance, to learn some of his quotes i.e." When in doubt tell the truth", "Nothing so needs reforming as other people's habits." and " there is no sadder thing... More

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Salem MA
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50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

The museum experience, here, is essentially two different pieces. One is a tour of the house Clemens and his wife had built for them and in which he lived while he wrote most of his most famous books such as Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn. The other is a new building which houses both small permanent and temporary exhibits talking... More

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Springfield, Massachusetts
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5 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

We hit this because it was close by our new residence. It was a great way to spend a Saturday. The house tour is guided and our guide was very informed. The house itself is great; especially if you love giant old Victorian homes. Lots of Twain history here for the Twain enthusiast or scholar. Terrific newer welcome center, cafe... More

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south windsor, ct
19 reviews 19 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

We both love Mark Twain and really enjoyed a rare private glimpse into his personal life. His home is beautifully restored, and we felt like we stepped back into history. Not only did we learn a lot about Samuel Clemens himself, but also about the age in which he lived. We even saw his study where he wrote! What an... More

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Los Angeles, CA
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

We really enjoyed our visit to the Mark Twain House. Our tour guide was excellent (though at the end of the tour he sort of walked away without giving us an indication the tour was over...). We got a great understanding of Twain's life from the guide as well as the story of his family using the house as context.... More

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Wantagh NY
19 reviews 19 reviews
7 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

The museum exhibit on the lives of the servants was very informative and interesting. We took a guided tour of the house and grounds. Our guide was fairly knowledgeable about the life of Samuel Clemens, but she assumed that her audience had complete knowledge of Samuel Clemen's life before he moved to Elmire, NY and Hartford, CT. Because her narrative... More

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Worcester, Massachusetts
3 reviews 3 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

not told beforehand re stair climbing (in museum and house) and elevator availability. Girl who conducted guided tour was not well trained and used a lot of slang, her leg shook constantly, complete turnoff! And I so love Mark Twain.

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103 attraction reviews
124 helpful votes 124 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Well preserved a few items are original in the home but most are reproductions whixh was disappointing. Cool to see the home and the area which is ateeped in hisotical literary culture beecher house there. Docent was a 15 year old not good but she tried. Frankly for 20 dollar admission it should be someone who knows the history and... More

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