We are very fortunate to have a world-class doll museum practically in our backyard! The Rosalie Whyel Museum (http://dollart.com/) houses some 3,000 dolls that span a goodly distance of history and geography. There are many dolls from the 19th and 20th centuries, as well as a few from even earlier (the dolls from the 1750s are hauntingly beautiful.) It’s magical to be separated from something that old by just a thin layer of glass.
Sadly, however, the museum is closing. When I visited last week, they said their last day is March 1st. So, if you are in the region and can make it, it’s well worth the effort! Everything from original Barbies and GI Joes to some lovely ethnic dolls to china and bisque beauties from the 1870s to Kewpies to wooden dolls to English Royalty dolls, and yes, a Samantha doll — oh, and did I mention the many miniature displays? Entire houses, rug shops, pet shops, woodworking shops, toy shops, dioramas of faraway places — all outfitted in astounding detail. Most of them are in 1″ = 1′ scale. Truly astounding.
So, if you can, please go enjoy this treasure before the collection is no longer available for viewing!