Mark Twain Birthplace State Historic Site

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.[4] 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.[4] 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.[5]

Mark Twain Birthplace
State Historic Site
An interior room of the cabin
LocationMonroe, Missouri, United States
Coordinates39°29′19″N 91°46′55″W[1]
Area13 acres (5.3 ha)[2]
Elevation633 ft (193 m)[1]
Established1924[3]
OperatorMissouri Department of Natural Resources
WebsiteMark Twain Birthplace
State Historic Site
Mark Twain Birthplace Cabin
ArchitectUnknown
NRHP reference #69000116
Added to NRHPMay 21, 1969

Samuel Clemens, later known by the pen name Mark Twain, was born in the two-room house on November 30, 1835.[6] The house was rented by his parents Jane Lampton Clemens (1803–1890) and John Marshall Clemens (1798–1847).[7] 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.[8]

References

  1. "Mark Twain Birthplace State Historic Site". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey.
  2. "Missouri State Park Advisory Board Annual Report 2008". Missouri Department of Natural Resources. Retrieved November 3, 2015.
  3. "State Park Land Acquisition Summary". Missouri State Parks. Retrieved November 3, 2015.
  4. "Mark Twain Birthplace State Historic Site". Missouri Department of Natural Resources. Retrieved November 16, 2012.
  5. "Mark Twain Birthplace Cabin". NPGallery. National Park Service. Retrieved May 21, 2018.
  6. Andrew Hoffman. "Inventing Mark Twain". The New York Times Company. Retrieved November 3, 2015.
  7. Christie Graves Hamric (January 1, 1993). The Mark Twain Encyclopedia. Taylor & Francis. pp. 152–154. ISBN 978-0-8240-7212-4.
  8. Martha L. Kusiak, Research Historian (April 10, 1969). "Mark Twain Birthplace Cabin" (PDF). National Register of Historic Places Nomination Form. Missouri Department of Natural Resources. Retrieved November 3, 2015.
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