Mark Twain Birthplace State Historic Site

37352 Shrine Rd., Florida, MO 65283 - United States

573-565-3449

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Nothing says “Missouri literature” like Mark Twain. And nothing says “Mark Twain was here” like the state historic site that bears his name. Mark Twain Birthplace State Historic Site has the two-room rented cabin in which Samuel Clemens – the man who would go on to be known as Mark Twain – was born, as well as first editions of many of the author’s works, a handwritten manuscript of “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” and many of the furnishings from Twain’s Connecticut home. The site also has a public reading room for personal study and research.

Exhibits

Humble though it may be, the cabin in which Samuel Clemens was born has been preserved in the museum at the Mark Twain Birthplace Memorial Museum. The museum and research library are part of Mark Twain Birthplace State Historic Site, which was created in 1960. Details of Samuel Clemens’ remarkable life are interpreted through exhibits at the museum. Also included are first editions of Mark Twain’s works, a handwritten manuscript of "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" and furnishings from his Hartford, Connecticut, home.

In the village of Florida, a red granite monument marks the original location of the cabin. Surrounding the memorial museum and the state historic site is Mark Twain State Park. The park offers opportunities for camping, hiking, swimming, fishing and access to Mark Twain Lake.

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