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Literature Lovers Connecticut

If your passion lies in the pages of great literature, Connecticut is the place for you. The state is filled with literary landmarks, unique spots to find rare books, quaint cafés for eating and reading – it’s so simple to plan the perfect getaway centered on celebrating literature!

Mark Twain House & Museum

Ernest Hemingway once declared that “All modern American literature comes from one book by Mark Twain called Huckleberry Finn.” You can visit the magnificent Victorian Gothic mansion where Samuel Clemens, aka Mark Twain, lived with his family from 1874 to 1891 as he wrote "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn," "Life on the Mississippi" and "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer," among other works. Tours of the Mark Twain House & Museum are available throughout the day.

Harriet Beecher Stowe Center

Clemens lived in a cluster of properties called Nook Farm, where other writers, editors and local luminaries also settled. One neighbor was Harriet Beecher Stowe, whose historic house remains open to the public as the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center. The author of "Uncle Tom’s Cabin" spent her last 23 years in Hartford, and many of her belongings are on display.

Noah Webster House

Visit the home of the author of the first American dictionary at the Noah Webster House in West Hartford. In addition to and "An American Dictionary of the English Language," Webster wrote "Blue-Backed Speller," a work designed to teach children to write, spell, and read. For those passionate about literature and the English language, the Noah Webster house is an ideal destination.

The Wallace Stevens Walk

Spend a day in the shoes of a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Wallace Stevens, on the Wallace Stevens Walk in Hartford. Stevens never learned to drive, so he walked to work each morning, composing poetry in his head with each step. Poetry lovers can walk the path he used to follow each day and imagine yourself writing poignant stanzas such as those in Stevens’ poem "Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird."

Monte Cristo Cottage

Now operating as a museum, visit the childhood home of Nobel Prize-winning playwright Eugene O’Neill at the Monte Cristo Cottage, which was named after his actor-father’s most famous role. This cottage is also where O’Neill’s works "Long Day's Journey Into Night" and "Ah, Wilderness!" take place.

Gillette Castle State Park

High up on a hill overlooking the Connecticut River is Gillette Castle State Park in East Haddam. While at first glance it may only seem like a piece of medieval-inspired architecture, Gillette Castle was actually once home to actor, playwright, and director William Gillette who is most known for his role as Sherlock Holmes, but also authored two novels.

Gertrude Chandler Boxcar Children’s Museum

Located in a boxcar in Putnam is the Gertrude Chandler Boxcar Children’s Museum – the perfect stop for any book lovers traveling with kids. This museum is dedicated to the award-winning "Boxcar Children" series, written by Connecticut resident Gertrude Chandler. Enjoy children’s activities, signed books, learn about Chandler’s life as a teacher in Connecticut, and explore a replica of the characters’ boxcar home. The museum is open May through October.

James Merrill House

If you’re an aspiring author or poet, take a rent-free retreat to the James Merrill House in Stonington. This national historic landmark was once the home of Pulitzer Prize-winning poet James Merrill. While the house’s main function is its writer-in-residence program, those who want to simply visit may do so by appointment.

The Buttolph-Williams House

Visit the inspiration for the setting of 1958 novel "The Witch of Blackbird Pond" written by Connecticut author Elizabeth George Speare. The Buttolph-Williams House in Wethersfield has architecture that reflects New England pilgrim life. Place yourself directly in the novel, which tells the story of a young girl living in 17th century Connecticut. The museum is open May through October.

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