“Wheresoever She Was, There Was Eden”

Living History Tour Highlight; Fourth of Four The last tour I was lucky enough to experience was led by the great romance of Sam Clemens’s life: his wife and editor, Olivia “Livy” Langdon Clemens. Beautifully costumed in ornate, period-appropriate dress, the character brings to life the loving, intelligent persona who captured the heart of the […]

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Listen Up as Lizzie Wills Tells All

Living History Tour Highlight — Third of Four The emphasis on the significance of the House to the Clemenses proved to be an important trend throughout all the Living History tours; but this is not to say they are all the same. My next journey through the Nook Farm home was led by gossipy house-maid, […]

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Nearly a Lifetime with Mark Twain

Living History Tour Highlight — Second of Four My week of living history started off under the capable guidance of one Katy Leary, the ever loyal lady’s maid to the Clemens family. Asking to check tickets in a voice accented ever so slightly by her Irish family roots, Katy Leary is the complete experience from the […]

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Old Faces Bring New Life to The Mark Twain House & Museum

Living History Tour Highlight; First of Four The man who lived at 351 Farmington Avenue between 1874 and 1891 was known to many people as many things. To some “Sam,” to others “Mark,” both “Mr. Clemens” and “Mr. Twain,” even occasionally “sir;” to his daughters he was “Papa;” to his wife he was always “Youth, […]

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The Man Who Lived in Mark Twain’s Bedroom

The Mark Twain House has gone through many changes since the Clemenses sold their beautiful mansion in 1903. It was purchased by the Bissell family, who updated the house with new elements such as electricity and new flooring. In 1917, the Bissells rented the house to the Kingswood School for boys. In 1922, it was […]

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