Friends of the Mark Twain House & Museum Holiday House Tour

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December 2, 2018 • 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

The Friends of The Mark Twain House & Museum will hold its 38th annual Holiday House Tour on Sunday, December 2, 2018, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Homes may be visited in any order during the event.

Visit the Mark Twain House and the private homes of Michael Peck, Susan and Gary Bazzano, Brooke and Ted Whittemore, and Sheila and John D’Agostino. 

The Mark Twain House will be decorated for a late-19th-century Christmas and the private homes will be decorated according to their homeowners’ holiday traditions. 

All proceeds benefit the restoration, preservation, and education programs of The Mark Twain House & Museum.

Michael Peck’s home, 200 Scarborough St., Hartford is a 1925 Colonial Revival built for the Goodwin family by architect Benjamin Wistar Morris. The grounds include kinetic sculptures, dinosaurs, bulls and a dog. Inside is a bas relief by Michael Alfano and a sculpture by Amy LaBossiere.


Susan and Gary Bazzano’s home, 1414 Asylum Ave., Hartford is a 1913 Georgian Revival build for insurance executive William Scheide. Inside see Susan Bazzano’s doll collection, a view of Elizabeth Park, and an Italian tapestry.



Brook and Ted Whittemore’s home, 53 Westwood Road, West Hartford, is a 1930 Tudor Revival designed by Lester B. Scheide (son of William Scheide), who designed many of the stately  homes in the Hartford Golf Club Historic District. The 18th-century style paneling and staircase in the entrance hall are beautiful features of the home.


Sheila and John D’Agostino’s home, 70 Norwood Drive, West Hartford, is a 1930 Tudor Revival home, also designed by Lester B. Scheide and pays homage to Homewood, a 1901 home by British architect Sr. Edward Lutyens.  The home includes a Tiffany glass display and a comfortable living room with a marine painting by Gordon Grant and two paintings of the Rose Garden in Elizabeth Park by Marge Dean.

Tickets are $30 in advance, or $35 the day of the tour.

Get tickets online here.

Tickets may also be purchased at the Mark Twain House & Museum Visitor Center or at these locations:


West Hartford

Cookshop Plus, 977 Farmington Ave, 860-461-0667

Lane & Lenge Florists, 1 Memorial Road, 860-523-6220

Moscarillo’s Garden Shoppe, 2600 Albany Avenue, 860-236-5487


Emmy Lou’s LTD, 17 Hebron Ave, Glastonbury, 860-633-9565


Horan’s Flower Shop, 926 Hopmeadow Street, Simsbury, 860-651-8554

Thanks to our sponsors:

Pamela J. Dowling and James T. Healey Jr.

Hooker & Holcombe

Sally and Ted Carrier

Aaron and Sandra Gersten

Bouvier Insurance

Chuck and Carol Paydos

Kaoud Rugs

Kemper Associates

Michael Keating Insurance Agency


December 2, 2018
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
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