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Land Around NY Farm Where Twain Wrote Is Donated To Group

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A land conservation organization has been given easements on forested property surrounding the upstate New York farm where author Mark Twain wrote some of his most famous works.

The farm, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is owned by Elmira College. The land surrounds Quarry Farm in Elmira, owned by the family of Twain's wife. During summer-long stays he wrote some of his best-loved books in a study his in-laws built for him at the family's farm.

The Star-Gazette of Elmira reports the Finger Lakes Land Trust announced this week the acceptance of two conservation easements making up a 200-acre donation from the late George Howell, a local manufacturing company owner who died in November.

Copyright 2016 The Associated Press.

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