A Hannibal staple attraction is re-opening its doors after four years of restoration.
The Becky Thatcher House is almost a brand new structure. Workers gutted it, reinforced and straightened walls and excavated underneath, rebuilding to what ultimately is a more stable home that should last for years to come.
There's still work to be done, but Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum Executive Director Henry Sweets says the childhood home of Laura Hawkins is a vital part of the story of Tom Sawyer and growing up in the 1800s.
He says the reopening is a huge milestone for the museum.
"We're now putting temporary exhibits in so that we can have it open to the public and we're very excited to have another one of our properties back in good condition and ready for the visitors to come through," said Sweets.
Sweets says it was really important to get it open this weekend.
"We wanted to have the properties all open for the Fourth of July," said Sweets. "And since the Fourth of July comes in the middle of the week we decided that a Saturday would be a better day to enable more people to be here for the opening."
The home will open up on Saturday with temporary exhibits until it can raise funds for permanent ones, which will be much like in the Mark Twain Boyhood Home Museum has now.
Saturday, Becky will cut the ribbon to open up her character's real home.
If you want to see it for yourself, everyone gets in free to the Becky Thatcher House on Saturday.
Hannibal residents get in free any time.
If you are interested in helping complete the Becky Thatcher House exhibits, you can send your check to:
Mark Twain Home Foundation
120 North Main Street
Hannibal, MO 63401
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