October 25 2016
In accordance with the agreement Elmira College holds with the Langdon family, the house at Quarry Farm is normally open only to Mark Twain scholars. But a new website and online virtual tour are now making it possible for the public to take a look inside the home where famed author, Mark Twain, and his family spent many of their summers.
“For more than two decades, Samuel Clemens [Mark Twain] and his family spent their summers here at Quarry Farm” said Joe Lemak, director of the Center for Mark Twain Studies at Elmira College. “It was in his study, originally located here at the Farm, that he penned some of his most famous works, such as The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. To now be able to offer the public a look inside the house, which holds so much history, is just an incredible opportunity.”
Lemak and the Center staff have been working with David Coleman of Small Town 360 to create the virtual tour, which currently features fifteen panoramas of the Farm, including six taken from within the house itself.
“Our goal is that visitors to the new website will be able to tour the full grounds,” said Lemak. “Previously access to the grounds was only open to Twain Scholars who travelled from around the world to study here. And while we’ll continue to host Twain Scholars on-site, now we can offer Mark Twain enthusiasts, the general public, and students and teachers virtual access to this important literary location from wherever they are located.”
The new website and online tour can be accessed at www.marktwainstudies.com.