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Holy Super Saturday, Batman!

Saturday, September 20th, we have something for EVERYONE!

10 am to 4 pm, visit us downtown at the Pump House Gallery on Bushnell Park for Envisionfest! We will be co-hosting Stowe & Twain's Selfie Studio, so come on down and smile pretty for the camera. Lots of fun, FREE activities for the family, plus the Penguin Book Truck returns!www.envisionfesthartford.com

1 pm to 4 pm, we are offering TWO concurrent writing workshops: HOW TO FIND AN AGENT and FLASH FICTION (500 WORDS OR LESS). $40 to register for these 3-hour intensives.

Starting at 7 pm - CLUE Tours! Our interactive murder-mystery played LIVE in The Mark Twain House! Was it Becky Thatcher in the Library with the Revolver? Find out! Reservations required.

7pm - MEOW-ZA - CAT AUTHORS COME CLEAN. Curl up with this panel of catty authors as we discuss using our feline friends as sources of literary inspiration!


Mark My Words - A WICKED Cool Evening!

Tuesday, October 21, 8:00 p.m.

A WICKED Cool Evening!

With GREGORY MAGUIRE, author of Wicked – The Novel

And STEPHEN SCHWARTZ, composer and lyricist of Wicked – The Musical

Moderated by  The Hartford Courant’s by Frank Rizzo

The Bushnell, 166 Capitol Avenue, Hartford

With a story that has become as popular as the original, Wicked has been captivating readers and Broadway fans for almost two decades. Gregory Maguire’s revisionist look into L. Frank Baum’s The Wizard of Oz, was adapted as a musical by Stephen Schwartz, and as they say, the rest is history. Join us at The Bushnell as we make history by bringing these two wizards of words and music to Connecticut! This is a special opportunity for all Wicked fans, whether you’re green, covered in blue tattoos, or spend your time in a lot of pink.

TICKETS & INFO:  TwainMarkMyWords.com or call (860) 987-5900

Visit both Stowe and Mark Twain in one tour!

Park once and visit both houses!

Come to Nook Farm, Hartford’s most desirable neighborhood in the 19th Century and take  a combined tour of both the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center and The Mark Twain House.  

Harriet Beecher Stowe’s elegant Victorian Gothic home, surrounded by award-winning gardens, was the famous writer’s final residence for her  last twenty-three years. Having set the world on fire with her seminal abolitionist novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Stowe continued her boundary-breaking work in Hartford’s Nook Farm.

Across the lawn, in 1874, Samuel Clemens, a new celebrity known by the name “Mark Twain,” built a 25-room Picturesque Gothic mansion that would soon become the talk of the town.  Within its walls, he would work on the novels that would change the face of American literature: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Prince & The Pauper, and A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court.

You can tour both impeccably-restored homes, learn about the lives of their world-renowned residents, and discover how two Hartford neighbors changed literature and continued to shape a nation’s view of itself.


Combined tours are offered every hour on the hour beginning at 10 AM (Mon-Sat) -or on Sunday beginning at 1 PM.  Last combined tour steps off at 4 PM every day. Tour is approximately 90 minutes short!  Offered every day! 


Adults (17 -64)     $23

Seniors (65+)       $21

Children (6-16)     $15  

Ask about discounts for members of the Stowe Center and members of the Mark Twain House.

Tickets may be purchased at either the Stowe Visitor Center or the Mark Twain Museum Center.

Regular tour offerings of each of the houses are also available.


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