Way Back When ... 1979
A sweet part of this year’s Holiday Express Train Show at the Fairfield Museum (370 Beach Road) is a Victorian-themed dollhouse created in 1979 by two area residents.
Evelyn and Frank Gerratana, of Trumbull, created a special “doctor’s” house in honor of their son who was in medical school at the time. They presented it to him when he opened his first office as an orthopedic surgeon. They decorated it for different holidays and it is on display now at the Fairfield Museum in its Christmas holiday finery.
The first floor features a dining room where a woman is preparing tea, a hall where the baby of the house is getting ready for an outing and an office where the doctor is consulting with a girl in a wheelchair. Upstairs is a parlor with an organ, miniature train set and toys, a hallway where a boy is playing with his dog and a master bedroom. A third floor contains additional bedrooms and one has its own miniature dollhouse.
All of the furnishings and figures were created by the Gerratanas and miniature makers they knew through their involvement with the Miniature Collectors Guild of Connecticut and the National Association of Miniatures Enthusiasts.
The Holiday Express Train Show and the dollhouse are on display for a few more days, as the show runs through December 31. For details on hours and programs visit Fairfieldhistory.org/programs-events/holiday-express-train-show.
About the Fairfield Museum & History Center
The Fairfield Museum & History Center and Museum Shop, located at 370 Beach Road, is open seven days a week, 10am-4pm. Members of the Museum and children under 5 are admitted free. For more information, call 203-259-1598 or visit Fairfieldhistory.org. The Fairfield Museum relies on funding from individuals, corporations, and foundations.
The year Evelyn and Frank Gerratana created a Victorian-themed dollhouse, now on display at the Fairfield Museum.