This multi-level and dual-wing doll house, made in the 1970s, was donated to Historic Vienna, Inc. in October, 2014, by Luisa M. Freeman and family.
Photo by Donna Manz/The Connection
At Freeman Store and Museum on Oct. 25 and 26, the Mount Vernon Miniatures Club presented its first exhibit at the Museum, featuring room boxes and doll houses. The exhibit took over Freeman House’s parlor and dining room with 30 pieces from mini-miniature to larger-scale miniature vignette recreations. From a holiday dinner to a Parisian waiter, a 50s diner to a tree house, the exhibit brought to mind an earlier time of Americana.
“They’re all beautiful,” said Edythe Kelleher, browsing the exhibit on Saturday. “The level of detail is amazing, and, the amount of patience that must be required to put these together is astounding.”
Historic Vienna, Inc. board member Mike Berger approached members of the Mount Vernon Miniature Club during a miniatures show at Tysons Corner this September. The club agreed to put on an exhibit for Historic Vienna, Inc. Administered by HVI, the Freeman Store and Museum hosts exhibits and oral presentations throughout the year. The store and museum, known throughout the community as “Freeman House,” is owned by the Town of Vienna. “History of the Country Store” exhibit continues until the end of the year. HVI and the town partner to host the Church Street Holiday Stroll the first Monday after Thanksgiving every year.
Kelleher noted the intricacy of construction and said the diner scene was a “bit different” than most miniature representations. “I admire the efforts of these people who do this work,” said Kelleher.
Freeman Store and Museum is located at 131 Church Street, NE, Vienna, and is open Wednesday through Sunday, noon to 4p.m., closed to the public in January and February.
— Donna Manz