Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


Quarry Farm

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Institution Name: Elmira College
Original/Historic Place Name: Quarry Farm
Location on Campus: Crane Rd.
Date(s) of Construction and Designer(s):
ca. 1850original construction Unknown
Type of Place: Individual building
Style(s): (Glossary)
Foundation: none specified
Walls: wood
Roof: none specified
ca. 1870s-1890sprivate residence (of Mark Twain and family)
ca. 2004-present (2007)other (preserved by the Center for Mark Twain Studies and used for research by Twain scholars by appointment under the supervision of Elmira College)

Significance: education
Landmark designation:
National RegisterElmira College Old Campus (1984)
Narrative: see below
References: see below

Quarry Farm was the summer home of Mark Twain in Elmira and the site where he wrote some of his best works. The home is now preserved by Elmira College's Center for Mark Twain Studies and is the site of research and scholarship related to Twain. The house is in wonderful condition and is maintained by a fulltime, on-site maintenance staff. Twain's contribution to literature, American culture, and thought is significant, and Quarry Farm is where he did much of his work.

I. Bibliographic sources:

Barber, William Charles. Elmira College: The First Hundred Years. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1955.

Johnstone, Janette. Elmira College Old Campus. National Register of Historic Places designation report. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of the Interior/National Park Service, 1984.

Mark Twain Archives. Gannett-Tripp Library, Elmira College, Elmira, NY.

II. Location of other data:
University: Library, Special Collections, Facilities Management Office
Government Offices

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