Mark Twain Birthplace State Historic Site

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Mark Twain Birthplace
State Historic Site
Missouri State Historic Site
Mark Twain Birthplace Cabin - interior.JPG
An interior room of the cabin
Country United States
State Missouri
County Monroe
Elevation 633 ft (193 m) [1]
Coordinates 39°29′19″N 91°46′55″W / 39.48861°N 91.78194°W / 39.48861; -91.78194Coordinates: 39°29′19″N 91°46′55″W / 39.48861°N 91.78194°W / 39.48861; -91.78194 [1]
Area 13 acres (5 ha) [2]
State acquisition 1924 [3]
Management Missouri Department of Natural Resources
Website: Mark Twain Birthplace
State Historic Site
Mark Twain Birthplace Cabin
Mark Twain Birthplace Cabin exterior.JPG
Architect Unknown
NRHP Reference # 69000116
Added to NRHP May 21, 1969

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]

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[edit]

  1. ^ a b "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. ^ a b "Mark Twain Birthplace State Historic Site". Missouri State Parks. Missouri Department of Natural Resources. Retrieved November 16, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Mark Twain Birthplace Cabin". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. Retrieved November 3, 2015. 
  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. ^ "Mark Twain Birthplace Cabin" (PDF). National Register of Historic Places Nomination Form. Missouri Department of Natural Resources. April 10, 1969. Retrieved November 3, 2015. 

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