REDDING, Conn. (WTNH) — Ever wondered what it would be like to live in a house where great ideas and legendary books are born? Now is your chance as an esteemed author and the estate of “father of American literature” Mark Twain in Redding is up for grabs.
Samuel Clemens, known as Mark Twain, wrote some of the most acclaimed works in literature, including “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” in 1876 and “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” in 1884, as well as “The Prince and the poor” in 1881.
While he lived across the country throughout his life, even residing in Hartford at one time in the American Gothic-style building known today as the Mark Twain House and Museum, his final home was at Redding.
Nicknamed “Stormfield” after the protagonist of his short story “Captain Stormfield’s Visit to Paradise”, Twain requested that a mansion be built in the style of a Tuscan villa after his stay in Italy. He lived in the house from 1908 until his death at age 74 in 1910.
The Stormfield still stands in the same location at 30 Mark Twain Ln., however, due to a fire in 1923, the estate was rebuilt in 1925. Despite the reconstruction, the estate still has the same foundation, original terraces , stone walls, stone pillars and formal gardens.
For nearly $4 million, literature buffs can own this rare piece of American history. The 28-acre home offers a step back in time with large formal rooms, a dining room overlooking the stone patio, a hand-painted coffered ceiling, and an adjoining library. There is a gated entrance, unique architecture and detailed railings.
Although the villa certainly has an early 1900’s touch, it still offers modern amenities including a heated swimming pool, three garages and central air conditioning.
“It’s the most out of this world, peaceful and quiet and in every way satisfying house I’ve ever experienced in my life,” Twain said of the house in an interview with the New York Times.
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