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Hannibal in Marion County, Missouri — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Becky Thatcher's Home
 
Becky Thatcher's Home Marker Photo, Click for full size
July 24, 2007
1. Becky Thatcher's Home Marker
 
Inscription. This was the home of Becky Thatcher, Tom Sawyer’s first sweetheart in Mark Twain’s book Tom Sawyer. Tom thought Becky to be the essence of all that is charming in womanhood.
 
Erected 1934 by Mark Twain Museum.
 
Location. 39° 42.711′ N, 91° 21.473′ W. Marker is in Hannibal, Missouri, in Marion County. Marker is on Hill Street. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 211 Hill Street, Hannibal MO 63401, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Mark Twain's Father's Law Office (a few steps from this marker); Tom Sawyer’s Fence (within shouting distance of this marker); Grant's Drug Store (within shouting distance of this marker); Mark Twain (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Mark Twain (within shouting distance of this marker); Henry Collins Building (within shouting distance of this marker); New Cash Store (within shouting distance of this marker); Joshua Mitchell Building (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Hannibal.
 
Regarding Becky Thatcher's Home. This building, known as “The Becky Thatcher House” was the actual home of Laura Hawkins, a childhood friend of Mark Twain, who later became his inspiration for Becky Thatcher in the book “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.”

It was purchased by the Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum from a private owner in 2000 and the museum took possession in January of 2001.
 
Becky Thatcher's Home and Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Michael Stroud, circa 1997
2. Becky Thatcher's Home and Marker
Notice the awnings were removed since this picture was taken over 10 years ago. Perhaps due to new ownership?
 

 
Also see . . .  Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum website. (Submitted on January 10, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.)
 
Becky Thatcher's Home and Marker Photo, Click for full size
October 12, 2007
3. Becky Thatcher's Home and Marker
 
 
Becky Thatcher's Home. Photo, Click for full size
By M. Bowyer, July 13, 2012
4. Becky Thatcher's Home.
The house has been painted since the previous photos were posted.
 
 
On the porch of the Becky Thatcher Home Photo, Click for full size
By M. Bowyer, July 13, 2012
5. On the porch of the Becky Thatcher Home
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on January 10, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 4,599 times since then. Photos:   1. submitted on January 10, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.   2. submitted on December 27, 2007, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   3. submitted on January 10, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.   4, 5. submitted on September 20, 2012, by M. Bowyer of Indianapolis, Indiana.
 
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