Mark Twain Birthplace State Historic Site, Florida

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The Mark Twain Birthplace State Historic Site is a publicly owned property in Florida, Missouri, maintained by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, that preserves the cabin where the author Samuel Langhorne Clemens was born in 1835. The cabin is protected within a modern museum building that also includes a public reading room, several of Twain's first editions, a handwritten manuscript of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, and furnishings from Twain's Connecticut home. The historic site is adjacent to Mark Twain State Park on a peninsula at the western end of man-made Mark Twain Lake. The cabin was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1969.
Samuel Clemens, later known by the pen name Mark Twain, was born in the two-room house on November 30, 1835. The house was rented by his parents Jane Lampton Clemens (1803–1890) and John Marshall Clemens (1798–1847). Clemens spent his first four years here until the family moved to a two-story clapboard house, now memorialized as the Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum in Hannibal, Missouri, in 1839.
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  • To access this site, due to Covid-19, pre-registration is required by calling (573) 565-3440 within 24 hours of going. There is a limit on attendees at each time. Currently there are only...  more »
  • This is about a thirty minute drive from Hannibal. We enjoyed learning more about the life of Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)). The quality is similar to the Mark Twain boyhood museum in Hannibal. They...  more »
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  • It was great seeing the actual house in which Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain) was born. The house is now enclosed within the Mark Twain Memorial Shrine, in Florida, Missouri. I wasn't able to spend enough time there to explore everything the museum has to offer, as my dog Lacey was waiting for me in the car, but I did enjoy seeing the house. The staff was extremely friendly, making my experience even more worthwhile. I also enjoyed viewing Mark Twain Lake from Clara's Overlook, which is just a short walk from the museum.
  • My family spent a few days in Hannibal seeing the sights and sounds of all things Mark Twain related. We also visited this state historic site, as we were camping in Mark Twain State Park. Admission is free. I really appreciated how this site captured a side of Mark Twain I didn't see as much in Hannibal. The Hannibal locations are more touristy and focus more on the writing of Twain, which is probably the biggest reason most people visit. While that's fine -- and while some of the exhibits in Hannibal are good -- I really appreciated the focus this site has on Twain as the man. The film shown here gets into some of the complexities of Twain's life, including his relationship to the North and South during the Civil War and the emotional highs and lows of his family, including his children. There is a scholarly vibe to the exhibits here that is refreshing. It's not large, so you may not spend more than 1-2 hours here at most, but it's a great little addition to any trip involving Mark Twain. It's also a good place for kids; my grade-school daughters both liked the film and the physical exhibits. Recommended.

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