Mark Twain died in 1910, leaving behind a legacy in American literature starring two young boys, Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer. However, that is not really his name. Mark Twain is the pen name that Samuel Langhorne Clemens used when publishing his now-classic books.
Interesting fact, a mark twain is a boating term that means to measure two fathoms or 12 feet of water. While you will not need a boat to get to Mark Twain’s mansion, you will need $4.2 million.
The property withstanding the Mark Twain spread called Stormfield includes 28 acres and a 6,300-square-foot Tuscan villa mansion. There is also a 161-acre land trust that butts up to the property. Located at 30 Mark Twain Lane, the author had the Redding mansion built-in 1908. He named it Stormfield for the short story he wrote, “Captain Stormfield’s Visit to Heaven.”
Twain lived on during the final two years of his life, and it is a single-family property today.
Visiting Redding, Connecticut
Stormfield is located in the Redding Town Center neighborhood in Fairfield County, Connecticut. Founded in 1729, Redding Town Center is a rural community bordering Redding, which had a population of 9,116 as of 2019.
The cost of living in Redding, CT is slightly above average with an index of 154.7 out of 100. It is a residential community with large acreages of properties including Mark Twain’s Stormfield.
About the Architecture
The architectural style of the mansion is the Mediterranean, and it was designed based on a Tuscan Italian villa. An interesting feature is the swimming pool, which is shaped like a peanut in the shell. In addition, there are groin arch ceilings that greet visitors when entering the foyer.
These resemble flying buttresses of Gothic architecture and are quite distinguished. When walking into the living room, the eye quickly traverses to the hand-painted coffered ceiling. Outside and above, the Spanish-styled red tile roofing is striking in contrast to the beige stucco walls and terraces.
Following a fire that damaged the mansion, it was rebuilt in 1925 on the same foundation. Stormfield retained the original style of walls, pillars, and terraces that overlook the formal gardens and landscaping as it does today. Visiting the property is a step back in time and into another part of the world.
About the Property
The total rooms at Mark Twain’s mansion add up to 11, including six primary bathrooms and four primary bedrooms. In these large formal rooms, there are three fireplaces, as well as marble and glass bathrooms with large bathtubs.
There is an attic along with a separate laundry room on the upper level. The property also has an in-ground gunite pool that is heated with an adjacent pool house. In addition, a caretaker’s apartment and a three-car garage are included on the property.
There is also the Mark Twain House and Museum located in Hartford, CT. This property is open to the public and not affiliated with the Mark Twain Mansion and personal residence that is currently for sale by Sotheby’s.