Henry the House Mouse

Squeek! Squeek!  Scurry!  Scurry!  Do you hear Henry the house mouse?  Do you see Henry the house mouse?  Where can he be?  Let’s follow him and we will see.

Oh, look, Henry is waiting by the front door, of the 1820 Colonel Benjamin Stephenson home.  So, come along and follow Henry into the historic home of the Stephenson Family located at 409 South Buchanan Street in Edwardsville, Illinois.

Built on 182 acres of farmland, with a large family garden and an orchard of peach, apple and nut trees, the Colonel Benjamin Stephenson House is almost two hundred years old.  The two story brick mansion, was built as a classic Southern Federal style, in the early1800s.  Federal style homes are symmetrical.   Can you tell Henry what examples of symmetry you can see?

Open the flap and you will see windows that look the same from left to right and window shutters that match on the left and also on the right.

Come on in through the seven foot front door and follow Henry as he scurries inside the house and into the parlor.  This elegant room has many purposes for the Stephenson Family: reading, playing instruments, entertaining guests, family gatherings, and welcoming visitors.

Squeek! Squeek!  Scurry! Scurry!  Do you hear Henry the house mouse?  Do you see Henry the house mouse?  Where can he be?  Let’s follow him into the dinning room of the Stephenson House.  Is Henry hiding under the large dinning room table that is set with beautiful china dishes and polished silver, on a crisp white tablecloth?  You might find him on the mantel of the fireplace.  Let’s look and see.  Open the flap and you will see Henry hiding behind a hurricane lantern with a candlestick flickering a bright light.

Squeek! Squeek!  Scurry! Scurry!  Do you hear Henry the house mouse?  Do you see Henry the house mouse?  Where can he be?  Let’s follow him up the steep staircase to see.

Three Stephenson children, James, Elvira, and Benjamin V. shared a bedroom upstairs on the second floor.  Across the hall, is the master bedroom for the parents Colonel Benjamin and his wife Lucy.  Open the flap of the comfy bedding and you will see Henry hiding under the soft, fluffy covers.

Squeek! Squeek!  Scurry! Scurry!  Do you hear Henry the house mouse?  Do you see Henry the house mouse?  Where can he be?  Be careful as you head down the staircase and out the back door, through the courtyard, and into the door of the detached kitchen.  Homemade bread is baking in the beehive oven, while fresh butter is being churned.  Add some homemade strawberry jam and you will enjoy such a treat.  Open the flap and you will see Henry munching on a bread crumb that fell onto the brick kitchen floor.

Squeek! Squeek!  Scurry! Scurry!  Do you hear Henry the house mouse?  Do you see Henry the house mouse?  Where can he be? Let’s check outside in the garden, as Henry may be enjoying a treat of tasty, sweet corn kernels.  Let’s see what we can harvest from the Stephenson Family garden.  What do you like best; sweet peas, carrots, or corn?  Don’t forget about picking a bushel full of apples from the orchard.   Grab a basket; it is time to harvest.  Open the flap and you will see some more garden goodness ready for many special meals.  What do you see? Henry is munching on a large head of lettuce.

Squeek! Squeek!  Scurry! Scurry!  Do you hear Henry the house mouse?  Do you see Henry the house mouse?  There he is; Henry is on his way once again!  Open the flap and you will see Henry as he scurries away from the garden and departing through the garden gate.

http://www.stephensonhouse.org

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About Prairie Garden Girl

I am a wife who is adored by my Sweet Perry. Together we are parents to five boys and grandparents to seven unique grands. Pa Perry and Oma Sue love instilling the love of learning in the hearts of Johannah, Joshua & Jaxon; Henry & Charlotte and Lily & Lane. I am a reader. I am an aspiring children's picture book writer. I am a creator who sews and paints with acrylics and watercolors and sketches with colored pencil. I am an educator to hundreds of students, throughout the years. I am a cyclist on a pink Marin Portofina, and a 5K jogger. Perry and I are organic gardeners and enjoy homesteading on the Illinois prairie. Life is a beautiful ride with my Sweet P. Together, Perry and I feel life is a journey filled with joy. We want to live our lives by leaving the world a better place.
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