Weekend Snapshot: The Twain and Stowe Homes

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We visited the Mark Twain (top) and Harriet Beecher Stowe (center) houses in Hartford on Saturday. Both sites offered special activities as part of Connecticut Open House Day.

From Twain: "A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval."

From Stowe: "The truth is the kindest things we can give folks in the end."

The roses basking in the sun in one a formal garden on the Stowe property.

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  1. wow! Samuel Langhorn Clemens (aka Mark Twain). the first classic book that i've read when i was a child was Huckleberry Finn.

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  2. Lovely photos and wonderful quotes too. Thanks Sandy!

    www.mypoeticpath.wordpress.com

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  3. Wow Sandy, I haven't seen the Mark Twain house in years! I went there on a field trip when I was in middle school or highschool I think. It was too long ago! Nice photos. Thanks for the memories!

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  4. Anonymous4:08 PM

    We visited the Twain House a coouple of times. I was always struck by the "constructed whimsy". I remember that Twain grew up in Hannibal Mo., but he wrote in Hartford.

    His biographer Justin Kaplan called the house's exterior, "'gingerbread Gothic', ... 'part steamboat, part medieval stronghold, and part cuckoo clock.'"

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  5. Anonymous8:41 PM

    Clemens's house is quite dark inside, quite the contrast, apparently, to the way Clemens was...Outgoing, jovial, bit of a tease... The Clemens were quite friendly with the Stowes, and a good thing, too. The front of Twain house, instead of facing the street, faces the back of the Stowe house, a no-no for the time. There is a small spread of lawn between the houses and the buildings that were their carriage houses basically abut. A little expensive, but a fun stop nonetheless.

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  6. Those are wonderful pictures of gorgeous houses! I love how the quotes just matched as well.

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  7. Pretty cool to visit these 2 famous houses. They look beautiful from the outside already, I can imagine how gorgeous the interior is as well.
    Getting ready for 4th July too :P

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  8. Great quote and beautiful photographs.

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  9. Wow! How wonderful to visit the houses of the famous! mark Twain's house is awesome!

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  10. I like your shots, Sandy.

    Mine in here Thanks

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  11. Anonymous12:38 AM

    wow...the houses is huge ;)

    Visit mine also in here Thanks

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  12. Those are beautiful shots of the homes and lovely flowers!
    Thanks for the comment!

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  13. Nice shots of the home. Thanks for the "tour" :D

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  14. Part of my past I miss is stuff like this. Are those Begonias?? Love all of it. Have a great week, Sandy. *lovies*

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  15. Anonymous5:28 AM

    Wow nice shot s and i like the flower much...Happy WS!

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  16. Buildings to inspire wise words.
    Oh, they did!

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  17. I love houses that has alot of history on it. They seem to generate this feeling of knowledge and wisdom.

    thanks for sharing sandy!

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  18. I had never seen either of those and am so glad you posted them. Noce shots of them.

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  19. Those are beautiful classic homes. The roses are so gorgeous. I love the light color.

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  20. Anonymous9:05 AM

    Oh, I love those houses! The quotes are great. I'm so jealous of your visit. Mark Twain is a personal favorite of mine. I can read him over and over and never get tired of it.

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  21. Anonymous9:15 AM

    hi Sandy! those are amazing shots! great houses from great books.

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  22. What great pictures, roses and quotes!! beautiful WS!

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  23. Oh I love that top house! I know Twain had a home near St Louis, maybe a childhood home but I don't think I've ever made it over there to see it.

    That first house pictured is amazing! I would live there. :)

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  24. My favorite is Stowe's house. Have you read the Pulitzer prize bio of her? It's upstairs but my daughter got it for me (one of her professors was the author). I am obsessed with Stowe. The bio was riveting. Her house is so meaningful for me. I love your photos, Sandy. (Amy's Crazed Sophie Beagle dug up my only peonies that I planted here.)

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  25. oh my sandy, those peonies are beautiful. I had them during my wedding.

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  26. Anonymous8:10 PM

    Great shots, Sandy. I'm sure you have a great time roaming around the houses. They are so beautiful. I also like the roses...they are so lovely!

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  27. Anonymous8:28 PM

    Wow!!! Mark Twain's castle! ^.^
    This is such a lovely post.

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  28. What lovely pink! Sounds like a nice day out.

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  29. Anonymous9:25 AM

    the structures are beautiful. i love those pretty peonies, too!! :)

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  30. Hello Sandy

    Thanks for sharing.

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