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Who are the people in your neighborhood?

12 Jul

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After spending some quiet moments walking through Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Hartford garden, I turned to my family and said, “It’s time for Twain!” while I walked across Stowe’s backyard to Twain’s home.  That’s right.
They were neighbors

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Remember the Sesame Street Song “Who are the People in Your Neighborhood?”

“Ohhh…  aaaaan…..author is a person in your neighborhood,
in your neighborhood,
in your neigh-bor-hood.
An author is a person in your neighborhood.
A person that you meet  each day.

The Stowe family and the Clemens family were neighbors.  Harriet could walk out her backdoor across the lawn to borrow a cup of sugar from Samuel.

Mark Twain’s family did not just live in this home.  They had it designed and built for them.
And, yes, you can imagine him writing Huckleberry Finn in one of those upper rooms because he did!

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The cost of tour tickets was prohibitive for our family of five.  We decided to walk the grounds and spend time in the museum.MT house

The museum and gift shop entertained us with details of Twain’s life.  For example, we learned that Samuel Clemens took his future bride Olivia to see Charles Dickens perform!  We also enjoyed reading many of the humorous quotes attributed to the novelist.  One of my favorites was
Clothes make the man.  Naked people have little or no influence on society.”

Quickly it was time for us to return to our van and continue with our travels, but not before I got a chance to see what it felt like to wear that famous white suit.

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Want to learn more about Twain’s home in Hartford, CT?  Visit their website.  It was there that I enjoyed taking the virtual tour  of home’s interior.

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4 responses to “Who are the people in your neighborhood?

  1. Ruth @ Experiment with The Well-Educated Mind

    July 13, 2013 at 9:12 am

    My son was just visiting his uncle in CT a few weeks ago, and he told me he “drove by” Mark Twain’s house. I asked him if he took a picture, and he said he did, but I have yet to see it. But thanks to you, now I know what it looks like.

     
    • Christine

      July 28, 2013 at 3:45 pm

      Wonderful! Take the virtual tour of the inside and you’ll feel like you were there.

       
  2. Jeannette

    July 13, 2013 at 6:24 pm

    Christine, the white suit/white hair thing is a good look for you.

     

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