Posted by: lizricewrites | April 21, 2014

Immersing Myself in the Homes and Lives of Famous Authors

Last week for my birthday trip, my husband and I took a tour of the homes of Harriet Beecher Stowe and Mark Twain.

Harriet Beecher Stowe’s house.

Mark Twain’s house.

I would LOVE to sit here and write. . .

Confession time – I have never read any of their books. I bought a copy of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn which I will read next. Then I will read Uncle Tom’s Cabin.

In a way I’m glad I took the tours and heard about the lives of these authors –before- I read their work. It will be interesting to see how they wrote from what they knew & lived.

Have you ever taken a tour of a famous author’s home?
On our next trip we’ll go to Emily Dickinson’s home.


  1. I’d be moving into Mark Twain’s right now, if his ghost would let me.

  2. Amazing houses w/so much history! And I’ve never read any of there stuff either. Tho I do have Uncle Tom’s Cabin waiting on my Nook for me.

  3. Ever since I passed through CT one morning and stopped to take pictures OUTSIDE of these two beautiful homes, it’s been on my list to go back for a tour. So fun that they were next-door neighbors. Other author homes I’ve been in are Alcott, Hawthorne, Dickens, Emerson, Frost, and Longfellow. Not sure if I’m leaving some out, but Edith Wharton’s home is on my list, too. It looks gorgeous.

  4. Mark Twain’s house is so cool! I also bought Uncle Tom’s Cabin, but haven’t read it, yet. Enjoying your posts, Liz!

  5. Did you read either book yet? I’ve read (and loved) both. The only author’s home I have visited so far is Emily Dickinson’s. Where is Mark Twain’s home? That looks lovely. Random note: Beecher is my maiden name.

    • The Mark Twain House is in Hartford, Connecticut. And Harriet Beecher’s house is a very close to it. Interesting that your maiden name is Beecher, any relation?

      I STILL haven’t read either book. Oh no! 😉 I’m glad you have and loved them both.

      I’m going to visit Emily Dickinson’s house in April 😉

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