Kentucky’s Great American Dollhouse Museum

January 17th, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

Great American Dollhouse Museum

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Kentucky’s Great American Dollhouse Museum

They say it’s the little things in life that matter most and the Great American Dollhouse Museum in Danville, Kentucky may be just the place to prove that point with over 200 dollhouses, miniature buildings, and room boxes in its astounding and fascinating miniatures collection.

When one hears the term “dollhouse” the most immediate reaction is to picture a little girl or two at play with one but dollhouses and miniatures are not necessarily just for girls or children and Kentucky’s amazing Great American Dollhouse Museum goes a long way towards showcasing another, less considered but far more accessible side to the hobby.

Don’t get us wrong, if you happen to have a little girl in tow when you visit this museum, rest assured she’ll have a great time – but you’re likely to be just as entertained as she is because the Great American Dollhouse Museum is so much more than just a collection of someone else’s toys.

With a level of care and attention to detail that proves endlessly fascinating, the Great American Dollhouse Museum presents not just dollhouses but various cross sections of American social history entirely in miniature.

At the Great American Dollhouse Museum you will see a timeline of US history from Native American peoples up through to modern times without skipping an era. Another massive display presents the viewer with Copper Hollow: a fictional, Kentucky-esque town from the early 1900’s complete with business and factory districts, mansions, humbler homes, and a Shaker village on the outskirts – all furnished in remarkable detail and populated with tiny people at work and play. Another, expansive display is more whimsical, depicting a fantasy forest peopled with elves, dwarves, witches, wizards, faeries, and containing a dragon’s cave.

The Great American Dollhouse Museum began with creator and curator Lori Kagan-Moore’s personal fascination with and collection of dollhouse miniatures. She is not alone in her hobby as the museum’s success – and its shop of miniatures for sale – demonstrates. The Great American Dollhouse Museum’s miniatures shop is unique in today’s era in that it offers no online sales yet stocks a wide range of miniature items, many of which are rare or even custom made.

So, dollhouse enthusiast or not, Kentucky’s Great American Dollhouse Museum is well worth a visit.

The Great American Dollhouse Museum

344 Swope Drive
Danville, KY

Be sure to visit the museum website for business hours, videos, and photoswww.thedollhousemuseum.com

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Horse Cave Kentucky – The Town Built Over A Cave

December 22nd, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

Horse Cave KentuckyHorse Cave Kentucky was built around a three-story-deep sinkhole into what is now known as Hidden River Cave, so-called for the fresh water stream that flows through it.

No one’s sure why the cavern was called Horse Cave. Hidden River Cave makes good sense but “horse?” Theories abound of course: Native Americans hid their mounts in it; a horse fell in, once; the cave never clears its throat – that’s my pet theory – on and on. The story with the most traction is the least exciting: during the 18th and 19th centuries, “horse” was a popular euphemism for “big” – and big it is!

Hidden River Cave is the largest, privately operated cave in Kentucky and the biggest entry into it is located right off Horse Cave Kentucky’s downtown Main Street!

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See the Kentucky Holiday Lights

December 13th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

Kentucky Holiday LightsKentucky really becomes something of a winter wonderland between Thanksgiving week and New Year’s Eve. A full list of all the Kentucky holiday lights would be too long, so we thought a short-list of some of the more well-known displays from around the state might be fun.

The Grand Rivers Festival of Lights
The Grand Rivers Festival of Lights, located in western Kentucky, features over 700,000 lights

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Dive Into Newport Aquarium

November 29th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

Dive Into Newport Aquarium!If you’re walking along and suddenly realize there are sharks overhead, either you’ve take one step too many off a pier – or you’re in one of the Newport Aquarium’s underwater tunnels!

Newport Aquarium, in Newport, Kentucky, turned fifteen this year and remains a favorite destination for both young and old – how could it not be! Along with the transparent, underwater tunnels that make you feel as if you’re in the water with all these magnificent animals, Newport Aquarium features a host of exhibits that will amaze, educate, and fascinate you – some of which you’ll find nowhere else!

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Celebrate an 18th Century Christmas at Fort Boonesborough

November 19th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

18th Century Christmas at Fort Boonesborough Step back in time this holiday season with a visit to Fort Boonesborough in Richmond, Kentucky to celebrate an 18th Century Christmas!

A visit to Fort Boonesborough is always educational and entertaining but, if you can make it during the 18th Century Christmas exhibition, you’re in for a real treat!

Fort Boonesborough was a frontier fort in Kentucky, founded by Daniel Boone and his party of 31 men who were charged with the difficult task of clearing a path through the Cumberland Gap.

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Dig Up Good Times with a Portal 31 Mine Tour

October 27th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

Portal 31 Mine TourHave you ever wanted to explore the tunnels of a coal mine while riding in a rail car? Well, now you can with a Portal 31 Mine Tour in Lynch, Kentucky!

Coal mining is a dirty, dangerous business that helped fuel our nation’s growth and remains an important part of our history and economy. There is something exciting and mysterious about those subterranean tunnels and delving into the depths of the earth to harvest natural resources.

A Portal 31 Mine Tour will give you a taste of cola mining’s dark and daring world from aboard a real rail car, dressed in the official, protective gear of coal miners!

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Visit Louisville’s Muhammad Ali Center

October 15th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

The Muhammad Ali CenterMuhammad Ali is remembered as one of the greatest, heavyweight champions of boxing history. Now you can revisit his career – and his extensive life outside of it – at The Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville, KY.

Most of us know about Muhammad Ali – or Cassius Clay, as he was originally known – through his singular achievement of being the only boxer to ever achieve the World Heavyweight Championship three times; the controversies surrounding his joining the Nation of Islam and refusing to fight in the Vietnam War; proclamations that became indelibly associated with him such as “float like a butterfly and sting like a bee;” the sad irony of his Parkinson’s diagnosis.

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The Kentucky Simpsons Connection

September 29th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

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The Simpsons. Twentieth Century Fox

The popular, animated, FOX television show, The Simpsons, has long had a running joke regarding what state its main characters live in. There are a number of contenders, from Oregon to Florida – but our favorite contender is a lot closer to home. Is there a Kentucky Simpsons connection?

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Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park

September 19th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical ParkIllinois may call itself the “Land of Lincoln” but only Kentucky is home to the Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park.

Abraham Lincoln, the 16th and perhaps, most revered US President after George Washington, was born in a small cabin in Sinking Spring just south of Hodgenville, Kentucky on February 12, 1809. When he was just two, his family moved to Knob Creek Farm, northeast of Hodgenville, where they remained until 1816. This time they moved north, across the Ohio River, to what is now Spencer County, Indiana. Lincoln was just 7 years old.

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Lexington’s Jewel – The Headley-Whitney Museum

August 30th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

Headley-Whitney MuseumThe Headley-Whitney Museum’s fascinating and diverse collection of jewels, artifacts, shells, books, and much more has long been an icon of art and culture in Lexington, KY.

Founded by jewelry designer, George Headley and his wife, Barbara Whitney in 1968, the Headley-Whitney Museum features rotating exhibits, a gift shop, events, and educational workshops on 13 acres of beautiful grounds that also happen to be the perfect picnic spot!

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