Thinking about butter

Bread and butter crumbs are one of my favorites, and I try to imagine the life in the 1790s, with the big basement fireplace warm and steamy as the Stroud servants are busy making soup, baking bread and churning butter. You can see a butter churn in the kitchen, as well as a fascinating display of beautiful wooden butter mold presses. Read More...

Ways to connect in Victorian times

A recent nightly scamper brought me to a new and fascinating exhibit in the Erdman Reading room — a massive collection of beautiful little (almost mouse-sized) cards. Called “visiting” or “calling” cards, their colorful pictures of flowers, lace, and animals caught my eye. What were they for? Read More...

Toothache prompts dental history search

Owww! My little mouse tooth was really hurting. I suffered with a toothache for two days before I got see my favorite dentist (her dental practice is specifically for small rodents) and everything was put right with a drill, a fill and unfortunately, a bill. This got me wondering about dentistry in Monroe County during the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries. Who was the first dentist in Monroe County? How did he or she learn about fixing teeth? What were the old-time dental procedures and how are they different from today? Read More...

Surprises in office and in Marshalls Creek

On a recent late night scamper through the mansion office, I came upon a very large and strange resin cast of a fossil. Looking closely, the fossil appeared to be a tooth with rows of cones (cusps) and valleys. What kind of animal could have teeth like that? I had a feeling this tooth was REALLY old. Could it be from a prehistoric animal? Did such animals once live in this area? I was getting excited! How could I find out more? Since it looked like a chomping, chewing tooth, I thought about large prehistoric plant-eating animals like mammoths and mastodons. Did those animals live in Pennsylvania long ago? Read More...

More research on stitchery in the Mansion

In the last Fanlight I shared my new interest in finding out about “old time” stitchery after seeing framed samplers hanging in the Stroud room — one stitched by Jacob Stroud’s daughter Jemima and the other by his granddaughter Sarah. An exciting aspect of researching something is that the deeper you go, the more questions you have and the more you realize what you don’t know Read More...

Textile treasures in the mansion

I love it when a museum artifact just catches your eye. You may have seen it before, but never really looked at it closely. All of a sudden, you notice it and a whole new area of interest opens up! That happened to me a few nights ago, as I was skittering through the Stroud Room — the front parlor. Up on the wall my little eyes locked on two pieces of framed needlework. They were both called samplers and were stitched, many years ago, by female members of the Stroud family. Read More...

Big excitement – Stroudsburg Bicentennial!

Stroudsburg is 200 years old this year! How historic! Of course, we know people and mice were living in the area WAY before that.
Two important years related to this year’s celebration are: 1815 (of course!), the year Stroudsburg’s charter was accepted by the state legislature; and 1836, the year Monroe County came into being — so I was interested in finding out what was happening on the Pocono frontier at that time. Read More...

Monroe connects with videos and movies

It’s been a long, snowy winter. Good thing the Mansion has many nooks and crannies where mice like me can warmly snuggle! I think back fondly on warm weather and all the outside activities at Olde Time Fun last September. It will be here again before you know it! Read More...