Historic Downtown Hannibal is known as America's Hometown and notably the home of one of America's most famous authors, Mark Twain. Here you will find his Boyhood home and the scenery that was the setting and inspiration for The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Our cozy historic downtown is nestled on the banks of the Mississippi River and as Mark Twain said, "the extensive view up and down the river is one of the most beautiful on the Mississippi." The Historic Hannibal Marketing Council is a cooperative marketing organization whose mission is to promote the economic prosperity of its members through the following means: working to preserve and protect the historic character of the traditional downtown, working to beautify the streetscape of the traditional downtown, fostering cooperation among members and between the HHMC and other community stakeholders, and providing a unified voice for members on larger issues which impact the economic well-being of members. Our accomplishments include: expansion of downtown festivals to encompass the entire year, purchase of flower pots for Main Street and Broadway, purchase of downtown Christmas decorations, and advocation of beautifications to public streets, the riverfront, and parks to City Council. Throughout the year, the Historic Hannibal Marketing Council hosts festivals on our famous Main Street for the public including Twain on Main, Chocolate Extravaganza, Great Girlfriend Getaway, Victorian Festival of Christmas, and more. One of the most magical evenings of the year is our Living Windows celebration as part of the Victorian Festival of Christmas where the downtown windows come to life with Christmas scenes and characters. Our future goals include permanent staff members, further beautifications to Historic Main Street and the addition of more downtown Festivals including a Halloween Festival, Valentines/Lovers Festival, and Mardi Gras.