For Business or Pleasure? Twain’s Summer Sojourns

Today, most of us look forward to our summer vacations. But the ideas and practices around leisure, tourism, and “vacations” were very different when the Clemens family were around. In this exhibit, we take a look at some of the defining trips, places, and people that influenced the Clemens’ family summers. While in the gallery, you’ll join Clemens and his family as they  stayed at the luxurious Fenwick Hall in Old Saybrook, CT; visited extended family at Quarry Farm in Elmira, NY; took the airs in Saranac Lake, NY; got creative at the Onteora Club in Tannersville, NY; and played with rented kittens at the base of Mount Monadnock in Dublin, NY.

The Mark Twain House turns 150!

Samuel and Olivia Clemens finished construction and moved into their Hartford home in 1874. In honor of the sesquicentennial of that anniversary, we will host an exhibition focusing on the House itself.

Summer 2024

Mark Twain House