Like the Stowe's house, photography is not allowed inside Twain's house. We had a new tour guide for Twain's house, a young man named Josh. Walking into Twain's house is a definite 'wow' experience. You step into a grand hall that is a wonderland of gracefully carved wood, patterns, and light-enhancing silver stenciling. A very cool architectural innovation in this room is a fireplace with a split flue between which is a window that lets in light from the drawing room to the right. At first you don't realize that its a window. You think you're looking into a mirror...until you realize you can't see your reflection. Click here for the floor plan of the house and a virtual tour.
|A view of the house from the parking lot, which is where the Nook River once flowed (it is now below ground).|
|Brick work detail. When you stand on this porch you can how close Harriet Beecher Stowe's house is.|
|Stowe's house is just behind a few trees. A teenager with a good arm could hit it with a snow ball (note to teenage readers: this is not a challenge). The building to the right is the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center.|
|A view of the front of the house. The front law sweeps down to the street, but it was too icy for me to make it to the front sidewalk.|
|The carriage port or porte cochere.|
|The front door under the carriage port which leads into the great hall.|
Speaking of Legos, this is a Lego replica of Twain's house at the Hartford airport.
|A final glimpse of the house from the parking lot. The building to the right is the carriage house.|