This week we had one day of lovely winter wonderland scenery here in Edwardsville, Illinois.
I happened to be driving near the 1820 Col. Benjamin Stephenson House just after the snowfall stopped and snapped this idyllic picture.
You might think things would be quiet for the historic home in the winter, but just the opposite is true.
The house is open Thursdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. and Sundays from noon until 4 p.m.
Docents in period costumes interpret Illinois life in the 1820s inside the two-story, Federal-style house. The home's four rooms have period furnishings, original woodwork and original fireplaces.
It's the oldest brick home in Madison County and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Colonel Benjamin Stephenson lived from 1769 until 1822. He is considered one of the founding fathers of the state of Illinois. Something of a prairie Renaissance man, Stephenson also was an Indian agent, militia colonel, one of the designers of the state constitution and a member of the U.S. House of Representatives.
According to historians, while serving in the U.S. House of Representatives in 1816, Stephenson secured a Federal Land Office for Edwardsville. He ran the office after he was appointed Receiver of Public Monies by President James Madison. Stephenson's guidance helped Edwardsville become the largest selling land office in the U.S., fattening the Federal treasury and establishing Edwardsville as a center of economic and political power in the young nation.
The Stephenson House is located at 409 S. Buchanan St., Edwardsville, IL 62025. The phone is 618-692-1818. Stop by and enjoy the warmth of history this winter.