Celebrity Homes – Connecticut Farm House Has Ties To Mark Twain

The Connecticut farm that Mark Twain bought for his daughter Jean is for sale.

“Mark Twain’s Family Farm House”

Family was of primary importance to Samuel Langhorne Clemens (Mark Twain) as the author of, and the boy in, “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” and “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.” He married Olivia Langdon from a wealthy New York family, who was the sister of a good friend. He and “Livy” had four children; a boy who died at 19 months, and three girls. As a provider, Clemens had made today’s equivalent of $8 million dollars from his writing and touring while his children were still young. Unfortunately due to some bad investments, he lost everything, including most of his wife’s inheritance. Unable to support the expense of their large home in Hartford, Connecticut, the family moved to Europe until an American friend and financier came to his aid and helped him file bankruptcy and set up a plan for paying off his debts and rebuilding his personal finances. With this accomplished and the sad death of his beloved wife in Europe, Clemens returned to Connecticut with his daughters to begin anew.

Clemens faced a great deal of adversity in his life including the death of his youngest brother, Henry, in a steamboat explosion that he had foreseen in a dream a month before the tragedy. Sam’s oldest daughter, Susy, died of spinal meningitis at the age of 24 and the middle daughter, Clara, married a Russian concert pianist and moved back to Europe. By the early 1900s, only he and his youngest daughter, Jean, were the last of the family unit. He worried about Jean. She had been beset with severe epilepsy at the age of 15 and had been placed in an epilepsy colony in New York as soon as they returned to Connecticut. Clemens settled down at his country home, Stormfield, outside of Redding, Connecticut and bought the farm next door, “Jean’s Farm,” for Jean in the hope that someday she would be in permanent remission and provided for after his death. By 1909, Jean had been in remission long enough to return to her father’s house where she would become his companion, secretary and housekeeper. This worked out well and she made daily trips to her farm by horseback. On the morning of December 24th, while…

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