Colonel Benjamin Stephenson was a veteran of the War of 1812 and a cofounder of Edwardsville. Located near St. Louis, his historic house, which recently underwent a 1.5 million dollar restoration, features items owned by the Stephenson family along with period and reproduction furnishings. Unlike other house museums, the Stephenson House is a living-history center that encourages hands-on interaction as an element of its interpretive mission. As a result, visitors are encouraged to walk throughout the rooms, sit on the reproduction chairs, and touch implements of daily life as clothing, toys, books and cookware. A treat for history buffs is the opportunity to participate in activities in the summer kitchen and in the gardens. Before leaving, walk the grounds and enjoy the details interpreters have included in displays such as the sundial, herbs plantings and the scarecrow guarding the vegetable garden. The house hosts a variety of special events; check online for upcoming happenings. The Stephenson House has limited hours: Thursdays Sundays, with the last official tour departing at 3 p.m. and closing at 4 p.m. Admission is just $6 for adults, $3 for kids.