June 23, 2017: Florida, Missouri – Day 3
We stayed the night in a cabin at the Mark Twain State Park. We got in a little late and may have woken up some fellow campers which I felt bad about. It’s pretty cool that many campgrounds offer a few cabins for those who don’t want the full blown camping experience of sleeping in a tent. It’s a nice compromise. Unlike many women, I actually love sleeping in tents, but since we knew we’d have a long day driving reserving the cabin made it easier for us.
Later that day we were supposed to arrive in Nashville to begin family reunion activities, but we wanted to take a little time to see the sites along the way. Since we were in Mark Twain territory, we had to at least check out his birthplace, in Florida, Missouri, which we’d noticed on the map. We loaded our belongings back into our car and headed out in search of the Birthplace. We saw a sign leading to it but all we saw was a more recent building indicating it was the “Mark Twain Memorial Shrine.”
We figured we’d go inside and ask where the Birthplace was, not wanting to take the time to visit a museum. On our way in we both mused at how Mark Twain would have felt about having a shrine.
And there it was, the house Samuel Clemens was born in is actually inside the shrine.
The cabin was relocated from it’s original location nearby. I’m pretty sure the Clemens family probably had daylilies on their supper table every day – aren’t you? Snarkiness aside, it was very cool to see the cabin, pardon, “the Birthplace,” and some of the memorabilia of Mark Twain’s more luxurious life after becoming famous.