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Becky Thatcher Home reopened Saturday after years of restoration

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HANNIBAL, Mo. (WGEM) -

A popular tourist attraction in Hannibal is now back open for tours after a five year hiatus.

A crowd gathered around the Becky Thatcher home this afternoon for a open house to celebrate its reopening.

The home has undergone restorations in recent years with the help of grants and donations.

Officials say having the home reopened will help to complete the story for visitors who tour the area.

"In real life, Laura Hawkins lived in this house who Mark Twain names as the model for Becky Thatcher and being right across the street from the house that Sam Clemens grew up that he uses as his aunt Polly's house in the home the two are right together in literature. It's good to have them back together again in real life," said Henry Sweets, executive director of Mark Twain Boyhood Museum and Home.

The home has temporary exhibits in it right now, but officials say they plan to add permanent exhibits in the future.

If you would like to tour the home it is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week.

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