For the second year, Historic Kenmore presents “A Wee Christmas,” an exhibit for the holiday season of highly detailed, replica dollhouses – including the Kenmore mansion – and miniatures in the Crowninshield Museum Building. Come to Kenmore and share memories of your dollhouse with children and grandchildren as you explore the treasures in this festive display!
The dollhouses and miniatures of the “A Wee Christmas” remain on display until December 30. Historic Kenmore is open Monday – Saturday from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m and on Sunday from 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Kenmore will be closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
Admission cost for viewing the dollhouse exhibit only is $5 adults, $2.50 students, under 6 free. There is an additional fee for a guided tour of Kenmore. Visit www.kenmore.org for more details.
“Baxter House” submitted by James Opher, Julie Silvester, owner of Lilliput’s Doll House Shop, and Traci Haden, president of Virginia Minature Enthusiast Region E-1. Originally built by Mr. & Mrs. Baxter the house has over 16 rooms including a Grand Ballroom.
“Harris Farm” submitted 6-year-old collector Emily Jane Harding, who received the house from her grandmother.
“Smaller Home and Garden” submitted by Fernanda L. Kain.
“Petite Princess Collection” submitted by Jessica and Nancy Burger features dollhouse furniture that first appeared in the Sears Christmas Wish Book in 1964.
“Santons” submitted by Anna Jennings. A Santon is a small hand-painted terracotta Nativity scene figure made in France’s Provence region.
“Teapot Tea Room (at the North Pole)” submitted by Joanna Borgman even includes tiny bags of “Kenmore-blend” tea.
“Bartlett House” submitted by Katherine S. Opdycke.
“Place of Worship” submitted by James Opher has features to represent the Catholic, Islamic, Methodist, and non-demoninational faiths.
“The Apple Blossom” submitted by David Budinger is the childhood dollhouse of Kenmore’s Curator Meghan Budinger.
“Georgian Court” submitted by 8-year-old collector Elizabeth Harding, who was given the house by her mother.
“A Collection” submitted by Gail Steffey includes a display of leather furniture and a glass conservatory.
“Antique Dollhouse” submitted by Susan Larson
“Santa’s Slumber” submitted by Jessica Waltz
“Lost But Not Forgotten” submitted by James Opher is a diorama of a Japanese castle.
“Santa’s Workshop” submitted by Peggy Severson
Some of the dollhouse exhibitors: (l-r) Meghan Budinger, James Opher, Joanna Borgman, Fernanda L. Kain, Gail Steffey, Peggy Severson, (front) Elizabeth and Emily Jane Harding.