Mark Twain House AKA ‘Love Shack’

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sam1olivia1And the lists just keep on coming. On this Valentine’s Day, Hartford’s own Mark Twain House has been named to the “10 Most Romantic Old Home Lists’ in the world by This Old House at

Criteria for the list included homes that housed some of the most “legendary lovers in history.”

This is what This Old House had to say about Hartford’s own love couple, Samuel Clemens (Mark Twaitwainhousen) and his wife Olivia Langdon Clemens,

‘Samuel Clemens, who wrote under the pen name Mark Twain, instantly fell in love with Olivia Langdon in 1867 when her brother, a fellow passenger on his steamship tour of Europe, showed him a miniature painting of her. Upon his return to the U.S., Twain took up the invitation to dine at the Langdon family’s home, and on his second visit stayed more than 12 hours. Thus began a two-year courtship between Samuel and Olivia, preserved in the countless letters the two exchanged before their marriage in 1870.’

For the complete list go here.

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