In November of 1839, a family of modest means that included five children and one slave moved from Florida, Missouri into the Virginia House, a small hotel on Hill Street just west of Main. The arrival of the Clemens family, with young ginger-haired, four-year-old Sammy in tow, would prove to be a watershed moment in the history of Hannibal, Missouri.

Video: Excerpts from "Mark Twain: Words & Music", a double-CD celebrating the life of Hannibal's favorite native son, Samuel Langhorne Clemens, featuring Clint Eastwood, Garrison Keillor, Jimmy Buffett, Sheryl Crow, Vince Gill, Brad Paisley, and many others:

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about  the historic sites related to Mark Twain in Hannibal

  • Sam Clemens in Hannibal

  • Boyhood Home Complex

  • Mark Twain Museum Gallery

  • Huck Finn Freedom Center

  • Tom & Huck Statue

  • Mark Twain Cave


  • Lighthouse and Cardiff Hill