Hannibal, Missouri is known as “America’s Hometown” and author Mark Twain helped to put it on the map as this was his boyhood home. This was a quintessential river town with many men traveling here to make their fortune and they did. Many stately homes that were built during its heyday are still around today, some of them are beds and breakfasts that you can book for a stay. And many of these have ghost stories to go with them. Join us as we share the history and haunts of Hannibal, Missouri!The Moment in Oddity was suggested by Tim McCrimmon and features Sophia McLachlan’s grave and This Month in History features the “Battle of the Sexes” tennis match. Our location was suggested by Christina Orf.
Mark Twain authored some of the most beloved stories in American literature. Everyone knows the story of Tom Sawyer, his buddy Huck Finn and about whitewashing wood fences. Not many people know the details of the life of Mark Twain though. Twain’s life was one of literary genius, but it was also one of financial ruin and immense pain when it came to his family life. The Twain’s owned a home in Hartford, Connecticut and Twain claimed that the years that he and his family lived in the Hartford home were the happiest years of their life. They would eventually move from the home, but did their spirits actually leave the home? Twain was a lifelong skeptic, but is he now a true believer as his spirit continues to roam on this side of the veil? Moment in Oddity features the Spider-tailed Horned Viper and This Day in History features the eruption of the Huaynaputina Volcano.