The purpose of this project is to celebrate Samuel L. Clemens' life in Redding, Connecticut by documenting and showcasing his time here in multiple formats both online and offline. Your donations & site sponsorships will help me dedicate more time to these projects and allow me to get them online sooner.

Tuesday, July 28

Mark Twain on Falls Hole in Redding, CT...

"It is an ideal bathing-place."

This is from a letter Mark Twain wrote in August of 1908:

"To-day, in a lovely place in the woods a mile and half from here [Stormfield] we visited a fine swimming pool a hundred yards long, twenty wide and 26 feet deep- water as clear as crystal, with a perpendicular rock jumping-off place 15 feet high- densely wooded shores all around. You get to it by an obscure path leading from the distant wagon-road. It is an ideal bathing-place."

Falls Hole is no longer a legal swimming pool, but as you can see it has history as one.

See Perpendicular Rock in the top left of this photo: