My husband and I spent a few days in New England this past week and had the joy of visiting two old homes of two famous writers. They both lived in Hartford, Connecticut and were actually next door neighbors. We went through Mark Twain's house the day we flew in to Hartford and went through Harriet Beecher Stowe's home the day we left. I'm glad we saw them different days because it gave me a chance to let each experience simmer in my thoughts all to itself for awhile.
The tour guides for Mark Twain's house are actors who portray people who lived in his home. They stay completely in character while guiding visitors through each elaborate, gorgeous room. Our guide was actually the butler, who was also Twain's close friend.
Harriet Beecher Stowe's home is still in restoration progress but filled with the most interesting info about her. In fact, I came home and looked up more about her already. I have never actually read Uncle Tom's cabin, but I hope to find the time.