Feb 18, 2011
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Weekend Discovery: Mark Twain House

Weekend Discovery: Mark Twain House

Looking for something to do as we head into this long President's Day weekend? Well, Hartford resident Mark Twain was never president of the United States, but a visit to the Mark Twain House & Museum provides a wonderful glimpse into a man who never shied away from throwing barbs at political leaders of any stripe.

To wit:

  • "I shall not often meddle with politics, because we have a political editor who is already excellent and only needs to serve a term or two in the penitentiary to be perfect."
  • "An honest man in politics shines more there than he would elsewhere."
  • "Suppose you were an idiot and suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself."

Funny how even a century after they were made, some statements hold remarkably true.

The 25-room house on Farmington Avenue in Hartford where Samuel Clemens lived with his wife and three daughters from 1874 to 1891, and where he wrote such American classics as The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, The Prince and The Pauper and A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court, is always worth a visit. From the special exhibitions and events at the museum to the amazing architecture of the house itself, there's plenty to see and absorb on a visit. Last year's release of the Autobiography of Mark Twain also has helped to rekindle interest in the author, his wit and wisdom, as well as his remarkable life, which is ably showcased here.

If you have always wanted to go but never have visited, here's another Twain gem to consider: "It is wiser to find out than to suppose."

For more info, call 860.247.0998 or visit marktwainhouse.org.

Weekend Discovery: Mark Twain House

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