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Rebuilding the Past in Your Presence

The Colonel Benjamin Stephenson House is an important landmark that links the early history of Edwardsville to the earliest days of the Illinois Territory circa 1809 and the establishment of Edwardsville as the center of government and commerce.  It is a connection between Territorial Governer Ninian Edwards, Colonel Benjamin Stephenson and the State of Illinois.

     Built in 1820, this two-story brick home, constructed in the Federal style, is an excellent example of architecture from this early period.  Each of the four rooms has original millwork; and two of the four original mantels are designed in the Adams style.  The home was built with native material by skilled local craftsmen.



Regular Hours

March - December
Thursday - Saturday
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sunday 12-4 p.m.

January - February
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
12 p.m. - 4 p.m.

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Upcoming Events

October 2-31

Mourning Col Stephenson:  A Special Exhibit

 Join us as we explore the tragic side of the Stephenson House history. Col. Stephenson died in the house on October 10, 1822 and visitors will get a glimpse of the mourning   customs practiced by the family almost two hundred years ago.


  Mourning Exhibit Brochure  


November 28 & 29

Christmas Candlelight Tours  Come experience Christmas at the Colonel Benjamin Stephenson House.   Historically garbed docents will be throughout the house as guests take a self-guided tour through the festively adorned rooms.

Stephenson House will not be open during the day on Friday,  Saturday or Sunday.



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