Literary Connecticut: The Mark Twain and Harriet Beecher Stowe houses

Literary Connecticut: The Mark Twain and Harriet Beecher Stowe houses

Located in Hartford, the Mark Twain and Harriet Beecher Stowe houses are a must-see for any literature students visiting Connecticut. Twain and his wife Olivia commissioned the New York architect Edward Tuckerman Potter to design their elaborate home in 1873, and they moved in during September 1874. The house was as fancy and huge as we were promised it would be. Taking photographs inside was strictly prohibited (sorry to disappoint). So too was touching anything except the handrail on the stairs which, as it happened, was so low that it didn't feel safe to lean down and hold onto, so I declined to take part in that sensory experience of Twain's former home. The house has been restored to resemble the decadence that Twain decided it was necessary for his family to live in. The walls of the entrance hall were hand stencilled with intricate silver patterns, the house was full of fancy paintings, the woodwork and the handrail on the stairs were gorgeously...
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