Tauck Inc. is expanding its collaboration with Ken Burns to its home state of Connecticut, with the filmmaker working with the tour operator to feature the Hartford homes of Mark Twain and Harriet Beecher Stowe on a New England tour it offers.
Norwalk-based Tauck already offers tours of Civil War sites and U.S. national parks in partnership with Burns.
“My mission in making films has always been to explore who we are as Americans,” Burns said, in a prepared statement. “Mark Twain and Harriet Beecher Stowe had a similar goal, at a time when the experience and definition of ‘being an American’ was entirely dictated by the color of one’s skin. These two remarkable individuals asked difficult questions of their country, and we became a better place for it. I’m thrilled that Tauck is helping to keep the legacies of Mark Twain and Harriet Beecher Stowe alive.”
When it officially begins operating next spring, Tauck’s “Hidden Gems of New England” tour will mark the first time the 87-year-old company has hosted guests for an overnight stay in Connecticut. The tour will include stops at the Mark Twain House and Museum and the Harriet Beecher Stowe House.
“While our ‘Still Revolutionary’ marketing campaign is already paying dividends, the addition of this overnight stop in Hartford demonstrates that there is still much untapped potential for tourism in the coming years,” stated Gov. Dannel P. Malloy.