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Mark Twain Birthplace State Historic Site

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Address: 37352 Shrine Rd, Florida, MO 65283-2127
Phone Number: +1 573-565-3449
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Nothing says “Missouri literature” like Mark Twain. And nothing says “Mark...

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 Samuel Clemens – Twain’s real name – was born in, 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.

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Mark Twain's Real Birthplace

This place is about a 45 minute drive from Hannibal, Mo. In Hannibal you will see his boyhood home, but he wasn't born there, he was born in Florida, MO. The house is original... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 15 July 2016
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Schaumburg, Illinois
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Kuala Lumpur
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016

After touring Hanibal we decided to detour to see Florida Missourri to see Mark Twain actual birth place. Its quite a distance away and there is little to see. Even the location where the cottage was is questionable. Overall it's not worth the drive.

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Schaumburg, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 July 2016

This place is about a 45 minute drive from Hannibal, Mo. In Hannibal you will see his boyhood home, but he wasn't born there, he was born in Florida, MO. The house is original but it is not in the original location, it has been moved. The house is enclosed in a futuristic looking structure to protect it but it... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 June 2016 via mobile

This historic site is located within the Mark Twain State Park and is co-located with the Visitor Center. It houses the cabin where Samuel Clemens (aka Mark Twain) was born. The cabin has been moved from the tiny town of Florida, a couple of miles away. (There is still a marker in Florida at the original site of the cabin.)... More 

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New Orleans, LA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 December 2015 via mobile

A long ways away from anywhere... Worth a detour only if you have time and patience to get there. Even though the house is technically the original birth house, its current setting underneath a curved dome is out of place and odd, like you're looking at a recreated museum piece. But the video about Mark Twain's life is interesting and... More 

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KC
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 December 2015

We're doing a Twain weekend. We may as well stop by. Glad we did. It's Free. I like Free, which makes it more fun! I'm glad time and money had been taken in preserving this and the building that houses his birthplace is interesting mid twentieth century architecture!

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2015

We stopped here on our way from Branson to Hannibal and began a day devoted to Mark Twain. This was more than I'd expected. The cabin in which Twain was born (rented by his parents) was moved to this location and is inside the museum which is part of Mark Twain State Park. The cabin itself is very small, but... More 

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Vonore, Tennessee
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2014

The Museum is set in a lovely state park on the river and with nice hiking and camping facilities., the birthplace is a two room cabin situated inside the museum. There are a surprising number of Twain artifacts, including his carriage and some furniture from his Connecticut home. The cabin is furnished with pieces from the period. There are exhibits... More 

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Kirksville, Missouri
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2014

This shrine/museum is built around the "birthplace cabin" there is quite a bit to see here but really doesn't take long to go through. There are also souvenirs available here from the state park.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 March 2014

Samuel Langhorne Clemens, known as Mark Twain, is the famous literary icon and humorist, renowned for such books as The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. He was born in a log cabin that is housed in the museum at this state park just outside of Florida, MO where the home was originally located. (It wasn't... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2013

On the West side of Mark Twain lake in the once vibrant village of Florida is the home to the birthplace museum. The museum, while small contains the Clemens family home and many period artifacts and historical information. The grounds include a scenic picnic area overlooking the lake... Walk the Florida trail and you will most likely see many deer... More 

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