Inside Mark Twain’s haunted Connecticut mansion

TRD New York /
Oct.October 16, 2016 03:00 PM
Between 1874 and 1891, author Samuel Clemens, a.k.a. Mark Twain, lived in a Gothic mansion in Hartford, Connecticut. It’s where where he wrote “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” and “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.” And, of course, it’s said to be haunted.

The Mark Twain House is located in the Hartford neighborhood of Nook Farm and was built by Clemens himself in 1873. He hired New York architect Edward Tuckerman Potter to design the home and Louis C. Tiffany & Co. to decorate the walls and ceilings.

“To us, our house…had a heart, and a soul, and eyes to see us with; and approvals and solicitudes and deep sympathies; it was of us, and we were of its confidence and lived in its grace and in the peace of its benediction,” Clemens wrote.

But after his daughter Susy died, Clemens never returned to Hartford, selling the house in 1903. It then served as a boarding school and library before being turned into a museum.

Now, it is said to be haunted by the ghosts of Susy and Twain himself. Some claim to have even smelled his cigar smoke in the billiards room, according to 6sqft.

Here is a look inside.


[6sqft] Christopher Cameron

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