The Mark Twain House & Museum, the onetime home of Hartford’s most published resident, is offering free tours to all city residents through the end of 2018.
Hartford residents must only provide proof that they live in the city to be entitled to a free regular tour of the Farmington Avenue home where Samuel Clemens and his wife, Livy, lived from 1874 to 1891. The free tours are sponsored by The Hartford. All visitors — including city residents — must still pay for specialty tours, including the museum’s Living History Tour.
“We are fortunate to live in Twain’s adopted home town,” Pieter Roos, the museum’s director, said in a statement, “and we want to open his home to all our Hartford neighbors and share his life and legacy with them.”
Clemens, a Missouri native who moved to Hartford in 1871, commissioned New York architect Edward Tuckerman Potter in 1873 to design a home in the Gothic Revival style. Clemens wrote “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” and “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” in the 25-room home, which has been compared by turns to a steamboat and cuckoo clock. The house was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1962.