“White picket fence and all”
The Mark Twain Boyhood Home, now known as the Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum, is located on 206-208 Hill Street, Hannibal, Missouri on the west bank of the Mississippi River in the United States. It was the home of Samuel Langhorne Clemens from 1844 to 1853. Clemens, better known as author Mark Twain, found the inspiration for many of his stories, including the white picket fence, while living here.
Pretty cool place to visit if you've read Mark Twain's books. You can paint the fence, which is a nice tourist attraction, but if my memory serves me right the best part of the area is seeing the island the inspiration for Jackson's Island where Huck Finn chilled with Jim.
I stopped here on a trip down the Great River Road from Wisconsin to Louisiana. Stayed at the Garden House B&B which was wonderful. The owner also runs a restaurant 2 blocks down the street, also in an old house. It only seats 30, but has a wonderful atmosphere. I was my myself so they sat me at the 'communal table', which was occupied by locals who just forgot to make a reservation. Excellent food.
It's a quaint little downtown that you can walk around from the Garden House. Well worth the stop.
Stopped here during my Trip down the Great River Road from Chicago to New Orleans. Cool small town, nicely settled on the Mississippi River. However, unless you're a fan of Twain or history, you won't find much enjoyment. Some nice little antique shops and a very good coffee/chocolate shop in the middle of the downtown strip.
It's a well done little confab of museums, focusing on his home, the homes of the neighbors who inspired Becky Thatcher and Huck Finn and of course, his works themselves. Nice sleepy little town full of antique stores, ice cream parlors and the like.
The boyhood home of Mark Twain is situated in the quaint town of Hannibal. Hannibal has planned it's riverfront area well. It is clean and has great views of the Mississippi River. Since Mr. Twain is obviously their claim to fame, it is no surprise that they have maintained his boyhood home well and made an effort to add other homes from the period for show. Everything was well appointed, well preserved and well kept. Nevertheless, I didn't feel as informed on Twain by the signage or other materials in the tour there as I did at the birthplace site. It felt very commercialized. With that being said, it is still worth a trip.
I had no idea this place even existed before starting my trip. Stopped here on my way to Kansas City, MO and was pleasantly surprised! Twain's house has been converted into a museum with a really cute gift shop. The strip it's on in the downtown area also has nice antique shops and local dining.
We were very surprised at how well done this was. We really weren't expecting too much but we're really happy we made the stop.
We didn't go in (we were traveling with two 5 year olds) but walked around a bit. Cute-has an white fence to pretend whitewash. Signs everywhere describing the significance of the book.
An absolute must for any Twain fan, but also a great visit for people interested in what America was like in the 19th century. The self-guided tour leads you through Mark Twain's life and writing, highlighting many of his wittiest quotes and showing how growing up in Hannibal influenced his writing. The Huck Finn and Becky Thatcher houses show how people lived, and also how the stories of Mark Twain have continued to influence Hannibal and future generations. The museum also has a fun, interactive tour through Twain's more famous books that will bring the stories to life for kids and adults.
While there, Downtown Hannibal has a great coffee house, ice cream parlor, and the recently-opened Mark Twain brewery for great microbrews.
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