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This week at the Mark Twain House!

We kick off the spookiest month of the year with a bunch of spooky and educational programs. Here's your weekly planner for fun and informative events at The Mark Twain House & Museum!

Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. - NOOK FARM BOOK TALK discussing Gregory Maguire's novel WICKED: THE LIFE & TIMES OF THE WICKED WITCH OF THE WEST. Free!

Wednesday starting at 6 p.m. - Multi-week writing classes in FICTION, POETRY, TRAVEL and FREELANCING kick off.

Thursday starting at 6 p.m. - Multi-week writing classes in WRITING WITH FOUND TEXTS and NON-FICTION.

Thursday at 7:00 p.m. at the Hartford Seminary (77 Sherman St) - BOOK/MARK discussion with author Alex Beam on AMERICAN CRUCIFIXION - THE MURDER OF JOSEPH SMITH & THE FATE OF THE MORMON CHURCH. Free!

Friday at 6 p.m., 7 p.m., 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. - GRAVEYARD SHIFT GHOST TOURS of The Mark Twain House. $22 with discounts for members and children.

To register or buy tickets for all programs, visit the Events section of the website or call (860) 280-3130.


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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