Look at The City's Historic Districts with a Hannibal Tour

A city in the counties of Marion and Ralls in Missouri, Hannibal is best known as both the hometown of the author Mark Twain as a boy and the setting of his two novels, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. When in Hannibal, a tour of its memorable districts and landmarks is a must for everyone, particularly those who are history enthusiasts and architecture buffs. So while in "America's Hometown," remember to venture out of your Hannibal inn and take a Hannibal tour through its historic districts.

Central Business Historic District
www.hannibalhistoricsocieties.org/Hann_Cent_Bus.htm

The Central Business Historic District is home to Mark Twain's boyhood home, a 2-story wooden house built in 1844 that is considered a National Historic Landmark. One of the best examples of the architecture in the district, Grant's Drug Store is a 2-story wooden building with window frames and grooved pilasters prefabricated in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, erected circa 1839-44.

Other prominent landmarks in the area include the Dry Goods Store built by John C. Conlon in 1897; Coffee Shop, formerly home to the Hannibal Mercantile Company; Standard Printing Building with 10 bays facing Center Street and 9 bays facing 3rd Street; Old Farmers and Merchants Bank Building, a remarkable example of neo-classical architectural style; Mark Twain Museum, which displays Norman Rockwell originals; Downtown Storefront, an example of a 3-story gabled warehouse; Row Buildings that housed William P. Owsley's Mercantile Business in 1845; Old Fashioned Soda Fountain; and the farthest inland lighthouse in the world.

Central Park Historic District
www.hannibalhistoricsocieties.org/Cent_Park.htm

Go on a Hannibal tour of the Central Park Historic District and you will see buildings such as the Draper-Stevens House, built by Hannibal's first postmaster; Trinity Episcopal Church constructed circa 1858 to 1860 in gothic revival style; Fifth Street Baptist Church designed by J.C. Sunderland in 1893; First Presbyterian Church; and Old High School, an 1862 mixed Victorian.

Significant houses in the district are the Burger-Youse House, now a Hannibal bed and breakfast; McDonald Double House; J. B. Brown House; Kerchival-Lakenan-Lathrop House; South Dubach Rental; Col. Sherman T. Potter House; Edwin T. Bridgford House; W. B. Pettibone House; John T. Davis House; Pettibone-Trowbridge House; J. O. Green House; David Dubach House; Sarah Jane Pitts Double House; Lamb-Munger House; John L. RoBards House; Marion Brown House; Frank P. Hearne House; and Shackelford-Worrell House.

Maple Avenue Historic District
www.hannibalhistoricsocieties.org/Maple_Ave.htm

In Maple Avenue Historic District, you can find beautiful homes including the Sumner T. McKnight House; Clayton House; John C. and Elizabeth West House; Andrew Settles House; Doyle-Mounce House; Lyman P. Jackson House; Ebert-Dulany House; John A. Sydney House; and Logan-Gore House. But the crowning jewel of this district is the Rockcliffe Mansion, a 13,500 square foot American castle built to overlook the Mississippi River. Visitors of Hannibal can tour the mansion for a fee of $12 for adults, $10 for those 60 years and up, and $4 for children aged 6 to 12 and Hannibal residents.

Rockcliffe Mansion
1000 Bird Street
Hannibal, Missouri 63401
(573) 221-4140
www.rockcliffemansion.com