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This is the place to see in Hannibal. Tour the home, both up and down and see the fence that Tom had everyone paint for him! Its a good way to understand where Samuel Clemens was coming from.
The tickets ($8 for adults) includes The Interpretive Center, the Mark Twain Boyhood Home, the Boyhood Home Gift Shop, the Huckleberry Finn House, the Becky Thatcher House, the J.M. Clemens Justice of the Peace Office, the Grant's Drug Store/Pilaster House, and the Museum Gallery.
March: 9:00 - 4:00; Sundays 12:00 - 4:00
April: 9:00 - 5:00 Daily
May: 8:00 - 5:00 Daily
June, July, August: 8:00 - 6:00 Daily New for 2006 Fridays & Saturdays the Museum will be open until 7:00 p.m.!
September & October: 9:00 - 5:00 Daily
November through February: 10:00 - 4:00; Sundays: 12:00 - 4:00
Updated Apr 4, 2011
Address: 208 Hill St.
America's greatest author has a memorial lighthouse on the hill over Hannibal. Built in 1935, this lighthouse has been visited by American presidents Roosevelt and Clinton. Unfortunately, we arrived to late to visit. But, here are some images of the picnic area and other places within the park. There's a fine bronze statue of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn, Twain's most enduring character's
Written Aug 27, 2010
There is a park and boat ramp on the Mississippi. To get there one has to walk or drive across the railroad tracks, which are in routine use. Naturally, an excursionary paddlewheeler has regular trips that leave from the waterfront.
Written Aug 27, 2010
We were lucky for having arrive in the late afternoon to see this festivity for we had not planned for it at all. It was a Friday evening, and we hoped to simply have a glimpse of the famous town where legendary Mark Twain was born and raised. I was most amused by the mud volleyball.
Written Aug 26, 2010
....Okay, it's just a fence and Tom Sawyer never really existed, right? So, you still wonder if this guy is paying or being paid to paint the fence.
....For those who don't know the famous storyline from the opening of the novel Tom Sawyer, Tom was being punished for his normal prankish behavior by having to wash the fence. When the kids of the town came by to make fun of him, he convinced them that he was painting the fence because he WANTED to and it was so much fun he wouldn't let them do it even if they paid him. The reverse psychology worked and soon he had legions of Hannibal's youngest generation paying him to whitewash the fence while he watched.
....Before you laugh too hard, consider this: wouldn't you pay a dollar just to paint a slat or two of this fence so that you coould say you painted Tom Sawyer's fence and paid for it. You would, wouldn't you?
Updated Nov 9, 2009
Since the Riverboat is such a Mississippi icon, and Hannibal was such a riverboat town, there is no better way to experience both places by taking a ride on a riverboat. You'll circle north to the bridge, then turn south on the Illinois side before circling back towards Hannibal in Missouri. All during this time you can sit on the deck, enjoy the breeze and listen to a narrative about the town, the river, Mark Twain and riverboating itself. You'll learn about the legend of the bluffs, the ice houses that used to have their caves along the riverbanks and the perpetual flooding brought by Big Muddy. When we took our trip, we were one of the few passengers on board, so we got to move side to side to get close looks at everything the tourguide mentioned.
Written Nov 9, 2009
The small house in which Mark Twain grew up and lived during the 1830's is well-preserved and guarded by an excellent museums that documents his formative years. At that time , Missouri was a slave state and the economic heart of the midwest due to the life-giving commerce off the Mississippi River. The museum discusses how the young Samuel Clemens may have come about his anti-slavery views, to include the social contact he may have had with young black children and/or adults. It also introduces many of the other characters in his life, many whom were models for characters in his work. You'll enjoy a trip here and be able to purhase some of Mark Twain's books in the gift shop -- make sure you get them stamped as coming from his home!
Written Nov 9, 2009
There are a number of homes and shops to tour along the water front and also going up the somewhat steep streets. The pitch down to the Mississippi is a site to behold. The houses and area has all been restored and done quite nicely to take you back in time what it ws like in the late 1800's
Updated Feb 8, 2008
Becky Thatchers home is little more than a gift shop -- the upstairs has a little bit to see, but the downstairs is all a gift shop. Since your ticket to Tom Sawyers House includes Becky's house, make sure to stop by. Its just across the street when you exit Tom's house.
Written Jul 13, 2006
The cave Mark Twain wrote about in his novel Tom Sawyer, wherein Tom and Becky get lost, is really like a giant grid of passages with some neat attractions inside. Apparently when Mark Twain wrote about the cave, he really kept it close to reality. The cave is of the limestone variety, and was formed from the erosion by water and drainage. See my travelogue for pictures, but this is something you really want to do if you come to Hannibal. The total dark exhibit is cool. (They turn out the lights for 20 seconds or so.) The cost is $8 per person and everything is very safe, very well lighted and guided.
Updated May 19, 2006
Address: MO Hwy 70 So
Phone: (573) 221-1656
1 Review and 96 Opinions DO NOT STAY HERE. Plumbing and ventillation from the '30's. Customer Service non-existent.