Mark Twain, who was born Samuel Langhorne Clemens, on November 30, 1835, in Florida, Missouri, was not only a famous American author but was also an entrepreneur, print publisher, lecturer, and humorist.
He was hailed as the “greatest humorist the United States” has ever produced and fellow famous author William Faulkner once referred to him as the “Father of American literature.” He is best known for his books, “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.” Those books have gone on to be classics in American literature to this day.
When Mark Twain was four-years-old, his family moved to Hannibal, Missouri, where he was raised. The town and the area surrounding it became part of the settings in each of his famous novels’ characters, Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn.
Life was not always easy for Mark Twain, though, and before penning his novels, he worked as a printer’s apprentice and a typesetter while writing articles and columns for his older brother, Orion Clemons’ newspaper. He even spent time paddling down the Mississippi River as a riverboat pilot before he moved to Nevada for a time with Orion.
Although she rebuffed his first proposal, Mark Twain went on to marry the lovely Olivia Langdon in Elmira, New York, in 1870 and they eventually built a gorgeous home together in Redding, Connecticut. He named the 18.7-acre property Jean’s farm after his youngest daughter.
The beautiful farmhouse is nestled amongst rolling meadows and rich farmland and features several gorgeous bridges, a stone-lined, shaded driveway, a fish pond, and plenty of trees. Nearby to the gorgeous flower beds and stone walls is a large barn that eventually was converted to house an arcade and movie theater with a bonus full-service apartment and areas for indoor sports. The property also features a studio and a gorgeous swimming pool filled with salt water with a children’s play area close by.
The 3,645 square-foot farmhouse boasts five bedrooms, four bathrooms, a beautiful dining room, and a heartwarming living room. Gorgeous hickory floors flank the entire downstairs and there is plenty of room in the dine-in kitchen to host family and friends for get-togethers, parties, and holidays. Antiqued ceiling beams top off the beautiful décor of the more than a century old home that can be your home, for the right price.
The massive farmhouse, complete with its gorgeous, rolling farmland property and many amenities, is currently up for sale for a cool $1.85 million by Lois Lehman of William Raveis Luxury Properties of Southport, Connecticut.
Jon Dykstra owns an interior design company in North Vancouver, British Columbia. He's fascinated by architecture and interiors. He also enjoys gardening at his "house in the burbs" and "homesteading" at his off-the-grid boat-access cabin.
Combine all that with a love of writing and Homestratsophere.com was born. He balances his working time between running his interior design company, working on his off-the-grid cabin and publishing homestratosphere.com.