You may have noticed the numerous dolls in various settings. Several hundred of them were made especially for the museum by Nicola Cooper, a sculptor and dollmaker from Dunstable, England. You can see her website here. She says on her website that she has sculpted more than 2000 dolls in the past ten years -- and no two are alike! Other dolls are antique bisques and porcelains, as well as vintage and imported dolls from many nations.
The Mexican market and restaurant are vivid with color.
This is Mansion Row, and mansions they are! The gazebo in the center will become a flower shop. Do you recognize the work of Lady Jane (Linda Young)? Click here to visit her website.
A beauty on Mansion Row. Look at the tinker's wagon in front. I can recall when the tinker came around our neighborhood looking to repair pots, sharpen knives, and so on. Does that date me, or what? This tinker appears to have many household goods for sale, too.
There are vernacular houses on the other side of the tracks.
I didn't catch a photo of the entrance to Copper Hollow, but this is the exit to Fantasy Forest, complete with warnings of dangers ahead.
In the Fantasy Forest is Poppy's Cottage at Lessor Dixter by Melissa Chaple of The Enchanted Woodland Faery Dollhouse Co. It is rough wood, bark, moss, and embellished with hand-dyed silks, crystals, and antique brasses. Reflections kept me from getting a good shot of the whole house, but these details give the flavor. Don't forget to poke the photos to see larger images. Click here to visit her website and here for more photos of this cottage.
Above the Fantasy Forest is a viewing platform. The view from there gives an idea of the expanse of the exhibits. The museum is housed in a 1939 Works Progress Administration (WPA) building.