Samuel Clemens, or better known as Mark Twain, made his home in Hannibal, Missouri which is located on the Mississippi in about 116 miles northwest of St Louis. It is on a slight hill over looking the river. Hannibal, and the surrounding caves later became the scene of all the Tom Sawyer and Becky Thatcher adventures.
Today the actual buildings that Mark Twain lived in and wrote about are historical monuments.
When you visit Hannibal walk though his home. View the video about the history of the town and the stories he wrote. Today Becky Thatcher’s (Tom Sawyer’s girlfriend) home is a souvenir shop where you can buy Twain’s books and other memorabilia of your trip.
Other points of interest are Huck Finn’s home and Grants drug store. You can also visit the Mark Twain Cave and Museum. There are in fact a number of properties on the museum site:
- Interpretive Center
- Mark Twain's Boyhood Home
- Boyhood Home Gift Shop
- Huckleberry Finn House
- Becky Thatcher House
- J.M. Clemens Justice of the Peace Office
- Grant's Drug Store
- Museum Gallery
Another interesting thing is the fence that Huck Finn was said to have whitewashed in one of the stories. It is interesting to note also that Norman Rockwell, the famous painter, used the scenes in Hannibal for some of his painting.
You can visit the Rockcliffe Mansion on a hill overlooking the city or the John Garth’s Woodside Mansion. You can take a Mark Twain Mississippi riverboat Cruise or on a nice war day be outdoors at the Sawyer’s Creek Fun Park. You can also visit the Mark Twain Memorial Lighthouse. You can view the city of Hannibal and the Mississippi River from the Mark Twain Memorial Lighthouse which is built inland which gives it the panoramic view.
There is a lot to see in the small town of Hannibal so enjoy the area and the history.
Mark Twain Boyhood Home and Museum address and hours
Mark Twain Boyhood Home and Museum
120 North Main
Hannibal, MO 63401
Phone: +1 573-221-9010
9:00 - 5:00
12:00 - 5:00
April & May
9:00 - 5:00 Daily
June - August
9:00 - 6:00 Daily
September & October
9:00 - 5:00 Daily
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