Grace and I FINALLY, after all these years, went to the Mark Twain house in Hartford, CT. It was easy to find, there was nice parking, and it was a charming destination for a half day exploration. Grace has read several of Twain’s books and I read Volume 1 of his very large autobiography. What a character he was, and what a treat it is to enjoy his writings.
We did the “Living Tour” with a man who was pretending to be the butler. Indeed, he said he WAS the Butler. (5 dollars more per person). The house is heavily protected…..you may NOT sit on anything, you may NOT take ANY photos, also NO CELL PHONES, and you may NOT carry a pen in your hand. (pencils only). Because it was a living tour set in the year 1897 we were NOT permitted to ask any questions that didn’t have to do with that time period. By this time I was so nervous I said not a word.
The inside of the house was GORGEOUS. So lovely. I have no photos of it, though!
Thank Goodness we could take all the photos we wanted, outside the house! And that was gorgeous, too.
Look at pretty Grace.
The tour ended in the basement where we were allowed to take photos again, ask any question we wanted, and touch things. I slowly thawed. There were photos and books on a long table and while there was a question and resulting discussion (involving math) about exactly how old Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain) was when he spent time in Europe, I took a couple photos.
His daughters and their friends putting on a play.
Mark Twain’s Scrapbook!
My favorite rooms inside the house were the library, the nursery, and the conservatory. I could only get outside-looking-in photos of the conservatory. Incidentally, if you would like to see photos of the rooms you can do a quick google search and find them all. Check out the wallpaper in the guest room and master bedroom, it’s so elegant and whimsical.
beautiful white lace curtains and the outside brick of the house
THIS IS MY MOST FAVORITE PHOTO OF THE DAY; Of Grace in her skirt, by the flowerbed at the carriage house. Our tour guide made a point about how the family of Patrick McAleer, with seven children, lived upstairs in the carriage house back in the Clemens’ day. So Grace and I were intrigued, as that is the number of children in our family. We were glad we did not have to live in the upstairs of a carriage house.
Well, actually, I may have gotten the feeling that maybe Grace would have enjoyed it. 🙂
It was a wonderful house and beautiful morning.
We left and went to lunch at a place called Tangiers International, which was a Middle Eastern Market half a mile down the road. We shared an order of stuffed grape leaves. I had a lamb gyro for lunch and she had chicken curry. We bought a couple boxes of Turkish Delight on our way out. David had asked for some at Christmas time and I finally found some, 5 months later.
“I was born modest, but it didn’t last.” Mark Twain