HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ The executive director of the Mark Twain House & Museum in Hartford is leaving for a position in Virginia.

Jeffrey Nichols is becoming the president and chief executive of Poplar Forest, a property that Thomas Jefferson used as a plantation retreat in Lynchburg, Va.

Twain House President Gregory Boyko on Friday credited Nichols with leading the museum out of a severe financial challenge and helping to bring attendance to record levels. He said a search committee has been formed to find a new executive director.

Twain lived with his family at the site of the museum in Connecticut’s capital from 1874 to 1891. He wrote some of his best-known works there during that time including Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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