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Elmira, New York: Mark Twain - Samuel Clemens Grave

Burial site of American writer, speaker, humorist, and inventor Samuel Clemens, aka Mark Twain. He wrote several of his classics in Elmira, where his family summered with his in-laws.

Woodlawn Cemetery

1200 Walnut St., Elmira, NY
Enter at the gates on the north end of Walnut Street. There are signs that will direct you to the notable figures that are buried there.
Gates open daily 9-5 Local health policies may affect hours and access.
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Mark Twain grave marker.

Mark Twain - Samuel Clemens Grave

The stones have such beautiful writings on them. Take the time to read them. Take the first right after entering off Walnut.

[Jen Marceaux, 09/08/2015]
Mark Twain - Samuel Clemens Grave

Beautiful old cemetery. At Mark Twain grave site is also the grave of his nephew, Jervis Langdon, Jr., who is a famous railroad man, former president of the B&O, PennCentral, and Amtrak. Twain's actual stone is in the row along the right of the large monument.

[Hal Clarke, 09/18/2012]

Mark Twain marker.

Mark Twain - Samuel Clemens Grave

Woodlawn Cemetery is the final resting place of American writer, speaker, humorist, and inventor Samuel Clemens, aka Mark Twain. Elmira was the home of Clemens' dear wife Olivia. The Clemens family spent many summers in Elmira with Livy's family the Langdons.

Twain worked on "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer," "The Prince and the Pauper," and "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" at his study at his in-laws' Quarry Farm on East Hill. His grave is accompanied by his wife Livy, members of the Langdon family, and his children (three of the four, Langdon, Suzy, and Jean, died within Twain's lifetime; the other Clara is there as well, along with her husband). Samuel Clemens has no surviving descendants. Twain's Elmira summer study was moved from Quarry farm and is now located nearby at Elmira College, near the corner of Washington and College.

Woodlawn cemetery is also the final resting place of Ernie Davis, the first black man to receive the Heisman Trophy.

Woodlawn Cemetery is also a National Cemetery. Many US veterans lay rest there as well as some US congressmen. The cemetery began during the Civil War era; there was a large Confederate prison camp where many perished under brutal conditions. The cemetery is a national historic landmark.

[Kristin Deady, 02/05/2012]

Sept. 2012: Photo added.

Mark Twain's grave

We have Mark Twain's grave and the actual study where he wrote. Woodlawn cemetery has the grave of the guy who directed the Little Rascals, too.

[Sister Blue Rose, 02/27/1998]

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