Twain’s Elmira

Mark Twain wrote many of his most beloved works in Elmira, New York while spending summers at Quarry Farm with his family.

Mark Twain’s connection to Elmira is through the Langdon family. Today, the Elmira College Center for Mark Twain Studies takes care of Quarry Farm, where he stayed during twenty of his summers, and the Octagonal Study where he did his writing.

Twain Map

Much later, the Clemens’ niece Dr. Ida Langdon became a Professor of English Literature at the College where she taught for twenty years.

Mark Twain Burial Site

The Langdon-Clemens plot in Elmira

When Mark Twain died on April 21, 1910, he was buried next to his wife in Elmira at Woodlawn Cemetery. A large granite monument was later erected by his daughter Clara as a memorial to her father and her husband, Ossip Gabrilowitsch. The monument is exactly twelve feet or two fathoms tall, corresponding to the call of “mark twain” made by leadsmen on Mississippi River boats from which Samuel Clemens adopted his pen name. Bronze, bas-relief, profile portraits of Twain and Gabrilowitsch adorn the granite. Clara decided that the portrait of Samuel Clemens be labeled Mark Twain, as he was and remains best known to most.