Fans of Mark Twain‘s (aka Samuel Clemens) Huckleberry Finn can now visit the home of the boy whom this famous character was based on. The Huck Finn House, located in Hannibal, Missouri is now open to the public. The character was based on Tom Blankenship, a boy with an alcoholic father who lived in a shack-like house near the Mississippi River right behind the home where Samuel Clemens lived as a boy. His character was showcased in his famous novel “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” along with “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.”

The original home was said to have been built in 1840 and demolished in 1911. Hannibal lawyer Austin Parham worked to help reconstruct the house, and a dedication ceremony was recently held honoring him for his achievement. Parham, who passed away from leukemia in 2001 along with the Coons family helped to reconstruct the house on the lot they provided for the house to be built on. The project started in 1997 and opened in 2006. The Parham family contributed $300,000 for the project.

His efforts have helped to preserve a piece of literary and American history. It has also helped bring Huckleberry Finn to life in a way that the book could not. Reading about something is one thing, but actually being there is another. It helps one to appreciate life the way it was lived by Mark Twain years ago.


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