Take a walk back in time and get in the Halloween spirit with a visit to the Nook Farm Neighborhood of Hartford, CT and the homes and grounds of Harriet Beecher Stowe and Mark Twain! By the 1870s, the “Nook Farm” neighborhood was “Home of Reformers, Politicians, Writers and Friends”. Harriet Beecher Stowe, a preacher and abolitionist, penned the famous “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” in 1852. The novel helped to change people’s view on slavery and is credited to have aided in the abolitionist’s cause. Mark Twain is the famous author of such novels as “The Prince and the Pauper” (1882), “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” (1884), and “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” (1876). First, we’ll visit The Harriet Beecher Stowe Center and then we’ll walk next door to the Mark Twain House! Along the way, we’ll enjoy the beautiful grounds and “Nook Farm” neighborhood! Later in the afternoon we’ll head into town for a cheap, light bite for dinner and then back over to the Mark Twain house for a night-time “Ghost Tour” at 7PM!
Many visitors and guides have had ghostly experiences in the Mark Twain house. The SciFy TV show “Ghost Hunters” has done two shows at the house with many paranormal experiences of their own! Let’s find out for ourselves what spirits are haunting the grounds!
We’ll get an early start (7:30AM - yawn!) from Boston since it’s an almost 2 hour ride to Hartford, CT. But, it’s well worth it from the folks I’ve heard that have visited these places! Bring a camera, lunch, plenty of water and snacks with you. Wear comfortable walking shoes and dress in layers. Friends and family welcome!
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