On Hartford Connecticut’s Nook Farm you will find two museums of literary pioneers in Harriet Beecher Stowe and Mark Twain. They were neighbors and both owned gothic mansions. Today those gothic homes are open to the public. They depict the lives of both authors and their work that changed the way people think.
For 17 years Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens) lived in the Hartford home with his wife and three daughters. Some of his most famous work was created in this home. His memories and love of Missouri created his works of the American life in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Life on the Mississippi. His work A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court criticized oppression while Adventures of Huck Finn attacked slavery. Like his neighbor, Harriet Beecher Stowe, his work changed the way the world thinks.
A visit to this house will show the guest how Mark Twain’s life observances and the reporting of his surroundings changed a nation. Pieces of the era are placed together throughout the home with his early years, his family life, his writings, and his trials and troubles in old age in a way that will leave a lasting impression.