Sausage stuffers and other old kitchen tools

Fall is in the air and my routine has changed. It is time to spend nights tucked away in a cozy corner of the basement kitchen at the Mansion. Of course I won’t find a fire in the hearth, but the strange thing guests refer to as a radiator will do to make my nest under. Many visitors also ask why the radiator is here. They need to understand that many things change over time, and that this was one way of heating the home long after the Strouds were residents. Read More...

Every town used to have its own band

It may be difficult to believe, but almost every town had a band by the 1880s and 1890s. All ages took part, making music for their own enjoyment and for members of their communities. Members strutted forth in bold, colorful uniforms that projected a sense of community and patriotism. Read More...

Monroe looks back at early farming

Now what is that? First a pizza garden and now another mystery to solve! I will just wait for the Evelyn to leave for the day and then investigate those mounds of earth outside the kitchen. Well, this really isn’t a mystery, now I have had a closer look. This is the beginning of a “Three Sisters Garden,” something early settlers learned from Native Americans. Read More...

Pizza garden springs up at the mansion

Spring has sprung! I can always tell this by just peering out the attic window of the Stroud Mansion to the garden below. The gardeners are back and mulch is on the parking pad! However, this year there is a lot more activity. Everyone appears to be in a hurry and this has caused some consternation among my friends Caleb Cricket and Sarah Spider. “Whatever are they doing?” chirped Caleb Cricket. “Have they lost their minds?” stammered Sarah Spider. Read More...

The Road to Philadelphia

Another road trip — how exciting! My mouse ears really perked up when I heard the destination: Philadelphia. How could I help but recall Daniel Stroud’s journeys there to purchase goods for his home and store. I, of course, definitely intended to go along — invited or not. Read More...

Sweets to the Sweet

It certainly is nice to have some time to relax here at the Mansion after all the hustle and bustle in December. Even Sarah Spider was a little unnerved by the activity. However, when I encouraged her to visit the luncheon dessert table in the dining room she was absolutely delighted by what she saw Read More...