Mark Twain’s Connecticut Family Farmhouse For Sale

SLIDESHOW: Named Jean’s Farm, the property is now on the market for close to US$2 million.

The almost 20-acre farmstead in Redding, Connecticut, has a storied past: it was purchased by US author Mark Twain for his youngest daughter.

In 1909, Samuel Langhorne Clemens — best known by his pen name Mark Twain and one of the US’s greatest authors of all time — presented his youngest daughter Jean with a sprawling farmhouse located next to the writer’s own estate in Redding, Connecticut. Named Jean’s Farm, the property is now on the market for close to US$2 million.

The farm dates back to the 18th century and is spread across 18.7 acres of pasture. Although Jean didn’t live at the ranch for long, as she died on Christmas Eve that year of a heart attack following an epileptic fit at Clemens’ Redding estate, she would reportedly ride over daily to tend the animals she kept at her farm.

According to the listing managed by William Raveis Real Estate, the five-bedroom white farmhouse features Carlisle hickory signature floors, antique ceiling beams, a mudroom, new doors and windows. Originally built in 1787, much of it has been completely refurbished from the studs out and repurposed for modern times by its current owners, who bought the property in 2013 for a reported US$1.5 million.

Approximately 3,645 square feet of interior now includes a new eat-in kitchen with marble counters, custom cabinetry and Gaggenau appliances; and a finished attic playroom with two cedar closets. Outside, a new patio was built, complete with a fire pit.

Even the 1860 barn has been given a lifestyle makeover and now holds a movie theatre and gym. There’s also an outdoor heated swimming pool surrounded by mature trees, meadows, flowering gardens, stone walls, bridges, and a fish pond.

The property has a bonus separate studio with an en suite.

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