Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Connecticut Wanders: Elizabeth Park and Mark Twain House

My cousin Ann and her husband Ray were visiting this weekend from Michigan.  As hostess, I am also their tour director for Connecticut.  I thought visiting Elizabeth Park's beautiful gardens and the Mark Twain house would be a nice introduction to the west side of Hartford.


We were in luck.  This weekend was Rose Weekend Festival at Elizabeth Park.  There are actually 5 different gardens in Elizabeth Park; the herb, annual, perennial, heritage and large municipal rose gardens.  It is the oldest municipal rose garden in the US, and it celebrated it centennial anniversary in 2004. We enjoyed all of the gardens with the grand finale being the rose garden.   

After the delightful morning at Elizabeth Park, we headed over to the Mark Twain House for a tour of the house, and insight into what it was like for the family while they resided in Hartford.  After the tour we stopped in the gift shop, and Ray purchased a copy of Mark Twain's Autobiography.  It wasn't released until 2010,per his request, 100 years after his death.  He felt the only way he could write it honestly was by knowing that none of the people he wrote about would be alive to read it.

Ray and Ann in front of the Mark Twain House

The Mark Twain Quote of the day: 
Don't part with your illusions. When they are gone you may still exist, but you have ceased to live.



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