Items left at Mark Twain's New York grave go on display

Friday, August 17, 2012 | 4:09 p.m. CDT

ELMIRA, N.Y. — In life, Mark Twain liked a good cigar and a sip of whiskey. In death, his fans are supplying the smokes and booze.

Items such as cigars and empty whiskey bottles left at the author's grave in Elmira, N.Y., are on display at the Chemung Valley History Museum.

Museum officials tell the Star-Gazette of Elmira that visitors to Twain's grave in Woodlawn Cemetery have been leaving mementos for years. The cemetery used to dispose of the items, but it was decided to make them part of a museum exhibit.

Twain, born Samuel Langhorne Clemens in Missouri, married Olivia Langdon, a member of a prominent Elmira family. He spent more than 20 summers and wrote some of his greatest works at his home in Elmira, where he was buried after his death in 1910.


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