REDDING, Conn. – Mark Twain owned a home in Redding for less than two years before he died in 1910. Now, the site on which one of America’s most famous writers built his house is up for sale.
The four-bedroom house on Mark Twain Lane, off Diamond Hill Road, recently came on the market for $4 million. Twain’s home, built in 1908, was destroyed by fire in 1923. The existing home was built in 1925 “utilizing the same foundation, style and grandeur of the original home,” according to the website listing.
Stormfield, as it was dubbed by Twain, features original stone columns, iron gates, formal gardens and stone terraces. There is a caretaker’s apartment and a heated pool. The main house boasts four full baths, two half-baths and 5,610 square feet of living space in 10 rooms. The property includes 28.53 acres.
“Yes, it is the most out of the world and peaceful and tranquil and in every way satisfactory home I have had experience of in my life,’’ Twain said in a newspaper interview when asked whether he liked Stormfield.
Twain moved into the home on June 18, 1908, and almost immediately endured trying times. He left briefly in August to attend the funeral of a nephew in New York City, and in September, burglars broke into his home.
Twain endured two months of bed rest with heart issues beginning in June 1909. His daughter, Clara, celebrated her marriage at Stormfield on Oct. 6, but Twain left for Bermuda in November. He returned from Bermuda from another trip in April 1910 and died a week later.