Joy to the girl: Terryville Library raffling off collectible dollhouse

Published on Saturday, 7 October 2017 21:42


PLYMOUTH - The Friends of the Terryville Library’s Log Cabin is the picture of coziness.

The kitchen table is set with a loaf of bread and a coffeepot, with gingham curtains in the windows and an oriental throw rug underfoot.

The living room has a sofa and overstuffed armchairs beside a stone fireplace, with a dog curled up on a braided rug. Upstairs, a bed is decked out with cushions and a designer floral comforter, with fleece pajamas all laid out and a teddy bear sitting in a child’s chair nearby.

It’s a whole little world just waiting for a child, or an adult collector, to enjoy this Christmas.

The dollhouse is on display now at the library and will be the prize in a drawing Saturday, Nov. 18, after the Friends’ monthly book sale at the Booktique next door. Tickets are $5 each or three for $10.

Five years ago, the Friends raffled off their first dollhouse, a fully furnished Colonial complete with electric lighting. It was decorated by Nancy Henderson, a local businesswoman who said she has been fascinated by dollhouses since she was a little girl.

This year’s miniature model is a rustic log cabin, measuring 26.5 by 14.5 by 18 inches. It was donated by Dorothy Fish, a Bristol resident who has relatives in Terryville since her mother grew up in town.

Fish noted that her interest in dollhouses began as a child when her father built her one out of orange crates, and her mother helped her to wallpaper and decorate it. She said she later remodeled the house, which she still has, and this made her interest in dollhouses truly blossom.

She said she built the little log cabin from a kit, noting “kits of this nature were very popular during the ’80s and ’90s.”

Visiting “dollhouse fairs” in search of furnishings for it intensified her interest in “collector” dollhouses, she said. She bought the elegant Laura Ashley bedding for the loft-styled bedroom, but she also had a role in making many of the decorations, including the hand-starched and hand-pleated plaid curtains in the living room.

She even remarked that she found stones in her backyard to use for the hand-made chimney and fireplace.

Fish also had help from Nancy Bianchi, a fellow Friends member, who drew on her own experience in building and furnishing her own dollhouse, which included wooden dressers, beds, a grandfather clock and an upright piano.

In the current house, Bianchi waxed the floors, arranged and renewed many pieces of the furniture, did some roof repairs, restored the damaged chimney and wallpapered and painted rooms in the house.

Susan Corica can be reached at 860-973-1802 or

Posted in The Bristol Press, Bristol, Plymouth, Terryville on Saturday, 7 October 2017 21:42. Updated: Saturday, 7 October 2017 21:45.