Courtesy of Mark Twain Boyhood Home and Museum
Mark Twain homeMark Twain's boyhood home has been open to the public since 1912.
Literary Landmarks: Mark Twain, 1835-1910
Perhaps the greatest American writer (is any further description necessary?) was born in Florida, Missouri, but grew up in Hannibal, on the banks of the Mississippi River.
The young Mark Twain enjoyed life: swimming, rafting, and watching steamboats float by. In Hannibal, the Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum preserves a campus of buildings that dates to the 1840s: the Clemens’ home where Twain was raised (open to the public since 1912), an office building where Twain’s father worked as a justice of the peace, and a drug store owned by family friends, where Twain’s father died.
Along with historical artifacts such as a white coat worn by Twain and the gown he wore when Oxford University gave him an honorary doctorate, there are works of art such as Norman Rockwell’s 15 original illustrations for Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn.