October 1, 10:00am

Mourning Colonel Stephenson Exhibit

Mourning Colonel Stephenson Exhibit

1820 Colonel Benjamin Stephenson House

409 S. Buchanan St.
Edwardsville, Illinois 62025

  • Admission: Adults $6.00 <br> Children (6–12 yrs) <br> $3.00, Free for children under 5 years old
  • Time: 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Visit Edwardsville’s oldest historic home and experience a bit of the macabre while learning about the mourning customs of Early America. Each room of Stephenson’s federal style home portrays a different aspect of the days leading up to and following the Colonel’s untimely death on October 10, 1822. Guests begin their tour in our parlor which depicts the house in full mourning as the room would have looked during the Colonel's funeral. Learn about Early American medical practices and how families cared for the sick and dying in an era before modern medicine. Uncover the mysteries surrounding the Colonel’s death and the aftermath for his young widow and orphaned children. On days the kitchen hearth is in use, visitors will have the opportunity to try a tasty treat called a funeral biscuit given to mourners during a funeral.

Upcoming Dates

  • Tuesday, October 19
  • Wednesday, October 20
  • Thursday, October 21
  • Friday, October 22
  • Saturday, October 23
  • Sunday, October 24
  • Monday, October 25
  • Tuesday, October 26
  • Wednesday, October 27
  • Thursday, October 28
  • Friday, October 29
  • Saturday, October 30
  • Sunday, October 31