I mentioned earlier this week that I would share some photos from my visit to Mark Twain’s house in Hartford, Connecticut. This isn’t the first time some of the photos appeared on this blog. Back when I first started blogging in 2011 I had no idea what I was doing (I’m still learning). I would put up a post and my best friend would make a comment and no one else. Then I posted about Twain’s house. When I got home after work I checked my blog and saw that tons of people commented on it. And people kept writing congrats on being FP’d. I didn’t know what that meant. I Googled it and discovered it meant Freshly Pressed. I felt like an idiot. Anyhoos, back to the house. Unfortunately you can’t take photos inside, but the outside gives you a pretty good idea. If you are in Hartford I really recommend taking a tour of the house.
Travel Photos of the Week: Mark Twain’s Home in Hartford
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Love the portrait of you TB. So apt as you are a writer too 🙂
Thanks Colline. It was fun to pretend.
I love visiting old homes of famous people.
BE ENCOURAGED! BE BLESSED!
It’s a wonderful way to travel back in time and to learn.
You totally just gave me my smile for the day seeing you as Mark Twain. Did your fingers start itching to write while you were there?
Not really. I was in too much awe taking it all in.
if you are in the area, you have to go. And Harriet Beecher Stowe (Uncle Tom’s Cabin) was his next door neighbor. You can visit her house right after.
Oh, there are so many places I want to see!! I really need to win the lottery, so I can just spend my whole life traveling :).
Take me with you. I can’t cook, not much of a cleaner, but I’m sure I have something going for me–just can’t think of it.
Imagine all the trouble we would get into :). It would be fabulous!!! And we would visit bookstores and old libraries in every place we stop at
Dude you better win a lot of money and have a big RV for the books.
Okey dokey. I’ll even take you bar hopping too :).
Oh goodness, have you purchased a lotto ticket yet!
I guess I’d better do that eh?
Don’t be getting my hopes up for no reason.
I am coming with the both of you–I need to travel too–and you two would be the best of companions–chocolate and beer (but not at the same time)
We can have a chocolate stout
it’s pretty tasty.
Ok, you’re in!! The three of us would be the Three Muskateers, ready to wreak havoc wherever we go, and we would have to have one whole cupboard in the RV just for choocolate!!
Who will post bail for us?
We won’t get caught silly 🙂
Famous last words
wreak havoc–I am in!
I knew I could count on you.
seriously–some day we are going to do this–I faithfully play my lottery numbers – $3 a week
it would be awesome! Best of luck!
Oh, we will have such fun :).
Should I be scared traveling with two crazy Canadians?
Yes, probably 🙂
No photos inside?! How miserly of them. They let you snap away in Hemingway’s house.
Now that’s a house I need to visit. Not only to see his home, but the cats. I may be more excited to see the cats.
They are very cute 🙂
Can I bring one home?
You can’t pick one up. That’s forbidden. But if one happens to follow you…
I’ll bring some treats.
Rub your shoes down with fish oil. That should do it…
it was a great experience and I’ll never forget it.
I had no idea he had a place in Hartford. Meanwhile, Twain hair is a good look for you.
At the time Hartford was big into publishing. Should I go for it and rock his hairstyle all of the time?
Absolutely … must no mustache.
yeah, I don’t think I can grow a proper mustache.
Now that’s a relief! 😉
the better half feels the same way
WOW … TBH is one smart cookie!
shhhh! TBH might get a big head.
… but needs to eat faster!
maybe, but I always have time for dessert. Sometimes two
… and extra beers!
Now you’re thinking!
I never knew you were FPd! I’m so jealous (but not surprised).
it was a long time ago
That definitely looks like a house for an author!
Love it… and you’ve been freshly pressed… what an honour…
And it was quite the learning experience!
Didn’t realise you were the spitting image of the man himself 😉
Now you know!
It sure looks lovely from the outside. I blew through Hartford once on a road trip with an other that proved to not be very significant. I would love to some day visit this place with my pal Milton.
Oh you have to share Milton’s commentary.
He’s quite a sticker about home furnishings and overall interior decor. Several years back, when we went to see a revival of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, he took one look at the mediocre set and declared, “I’m worried. Where did they find these furnishings — Walmart?” It was a terrible set for a terrible revival.
Oh now I want to go with you two and record Milton’s reactions. He’d make a great character in a book.
As you know, Milton is all over my book!
My worst seller.
Love the look of that house. There’s something so interesting about visiting places like that – imagining how they lived, where they wrote etc. It’s all endlessly fascinating to me!
I’m the same way and I drag the poor better half to as many as I can find.
What a quirky looking place 🙂
It’s not the typical home in Hartford.
Beautiful home!… I would love seeing it!
I hope you do!
I really love that house!! The architecture, that front veranda, the glass room to the side must be some kind of indoor greenhouse (drawing a blank on what they are called)….. it’s exactly what I would picture a writer living in.
Lego! I should have no problem getting my son to read Tom and Huck Adventures now!
Indoor greenhouse works for me or maybe a sun room (is that the word). I would love to live in this house. Wouldn’t want to clean it though. I hope your son enjoys!
The house looks beautiful in some way and love the legos man >.< so awesome! time-consuming though definitely
I wouldn’t mind putting the Lego man together if I was getting paid. But I was a Lego fanatic when I was a kid.
I would so love to visit his house! You look lovely in the white suit.
And the white hair. That’s a must. Hope you get to visit.
Wow, so cool how you got to visit Mark Twain’s house. Your pictures of it are great!
Thanks. it was a wonderful day. After visiting we visited some breweries in Hartford. I love history stuff and the better half loves beer. It goes together nicely.
You’ve been FP-ed once…that’ so cool!!
Anyway, I love the house! It looks so comfy
I would love to sit by his fireplace and read on a snowy day.
Love this house. Wow. I want to live there.
neat! T.B., this is amazing, but another blogger I also follow posted on the same topic 1 day before you!. here it is: http://wildmoobooks.blogspot.com/2014/02/the-mark-twain-house.html
I’ll pop over. thanks!
interesting blog – and love the photos
Thanks! Best of luck to you!
What a great-looking house! I would love to go inside–and write, just to see what it was like.
And have a cocktail. Mark Twain said, “Be good and you will be lonesome.”
I would love to go to Twain’s house. I understand how you could get choked up while touring around. To think that he wrote one of the best American novels in those rooms! I had a similar feeling when I was in Key West at Hemingway’s writing studio. I wondered if he stared at the window trying to think of the right word or smacked his forehead in frustration when he couldn’t decide how to move the plot forward.
Do you think he stared because he couldn’t think of a word or the alcohol? I’m amazed the man wrote as much as he did. no way I could do that. Hemingway’s house in Key West is on my must see list.
Amazing, isn’t it? I recently reread A Moveable Feast and despite the alcohol consumption he never strayed from his writing discipline (at least in his earlier days).
Someday I would like to go to Edith Wharton’s house.
I enjoyed A Moveable Feast. Not as much as his novels, but still liked it. I wonder if F. Scott every read it 😉 Not a very flattering picture.
Wharton–I need to add that to my list!
Dude it totally seems like after visiting his house people would be inspired to write their novels as soon as they got home. And that’s so funny I never knew you were Freshly Pressed, but in truth it doesn’t surprise me that you made front page news. Your posts are always so interesting the pictures pretty cool too.
it’s an inspirational place to visit. Thanks for the kind words.