We spent our last day in Hannibal seeing the museums. The Clemens Interpretive Center has a very extensive history of his life in Hannibal. Several buildings make up the parts of the museum. The Interpretive Center, Clemens home, Tom Blankenship's home that Huck Finn was based on, Becky's home who's actual name was Laura Hawkins, his fathers law office, the pharmacy he lived over after his father died, and last was the Hannibal History Museum which is a two story building down the block that had the Norman Rockwell's paintings that represented scenes from his books.
The first stop is the Interpretive Center which leads to his Boyhood Home. Exhibits here show Clemens life from birth to death and include many of his family items.
We turned to "Huck Finn's" house next. The home was rebuilt to be as accurate as possible from memories of those who knew Tom Blankenship and his family.
Time to visit his Boyhood Home. There is a statue in almost every room with quotes or information on his life. When he lived here, his family was considered upper middle class.
Next was Becky's house. In the house was a "radio" that played a recording of Laura Hawkins speaking. She talked about her childhood and Clemens.
Next was his father's law office and then the Pharmacy. The rooms above the pharmacy were where the Grants family and the Clemens lived together. The Grants took in the Clemens when they came under hard times.
The final building was down two blocks.
We found the Mark Twain Museum. It was fantastic. The bottom floor is focused on a few of his books based around Hannibal. There are areas staged to be from Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Tom Sawyer, and A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court. They had a fence to white wash, cave, a small castle, and even a river raft that moved like it was floating on water.
The second floor is dedicated to Samuel Clemens' life with many personal items including letters he wrote to his wife when they were apart during his tours. There is the only known surviving white suit. They also have a first edition of all of his books.
Finally there were the Norman Rockwell original paintings used to represent scenes from the Mark Twain books. There were also pencil drawings.
We had a fantastic time in the museums. Our final stop was ":Lovers Leap" which is a high cliff overlooking the Mississippi. It gave us a great view of Hannibal, the river, and Illinois on the other side. It is known that Clemens climbed to the spot many times as a child. He passed it on his way to and from the cave.
We are a couple who have started on a new adventure...