The temperature has dropped and I’m surrounded by Pumpkin spice “everything.’ There’s no denying now that Fall is here and it’s football season. If you’re into
More than Show & Tell
What do you do with an old empty building in a historic town? Create a doll and toy museum of course! Six years ago my mom and I embarked on what I’d call an adventure of a life time. After inheriting a large collection of dolls from my late sister, Amy Dawn Morris we joined the local doll club. Inspired by the history that accompanied each doll and toy, and choosing to honor Amy’s legacy — we decided to jump right in and create NC’s only doll, toy and miniature museum.
It’s hard to believe that it’s been six years since we opened the NC Museum of Dolls, Toys & Miniatures. In just this short amount of time, the once old and empty 4000 square foot building has been transformed into a magical place filled to -he-brim with antique, modern and collectible dolls, toys, doll houses, trains and trucks. If you had it as a child, we most likely have it on display.
So many generous people from across the US have donated their beloved playthings to the museum. One of my favorite displays is one made up of vintage cap guns. Cap guns first appeared following the end of the American Civil War in the mid-1860s. Firearms companies experimented with toy guns in order to stay in business. Cap guns became especially popular when the heroes of cinema and television rode through the West ridding the territories of villains. The current exhibit includes many pieces made by well-known cap gun manufacturers of the era including Nichols, Esquire, Daisy, Halco, and Stevens, as well as larger toy companies like Hubley and Marx.
Rounding out the collection and exhibits are dolls of all kind, a Lionel model train village featuring 5 different tracks, thousands of model trucks, toys, miniatures and dolls houses. And not to be missed is the East coast’s largest Schoenhut Circus and Shirley Temple displays.
I hope you’ll stop by and visit this one of a kind museum. It’s truly a place where history and play come to life. The museum is open Thursday - Saturday from 10am-4pm. For more details visit our website at NCMDTM.com or call 704-762-9359.
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