Have you ever heard the story of Racheal the Rag Doll?
Racheal Victoria McManhon is a hand made doll, much like one that would have been given to a young girl in the 1850s. Specifically, Racheal would have belonged to a little girl from a 2nd generation farm family or settlers to the area who’s ancestors were Scotch-Irish, probably 4 or 5th generation. Her middle name and blue eyes were both chosen to honor Queen Victoria, who was quite popular at the time.
Dolls like Racheal served as more than just toys for children. Although little girls would play with them, taking care of the doll and making her accessories taught them many of the skills they would need as adults. Just like Mommy, they would make cloth, card and felt wool, crochet and learn to knit. Girls would use those skills to make clothing, quilts, winter cloaks, and other essentials for their doll, while also learning how to wash and iron that clothing, and keep up with the chores of their doll’s house.
Come for a visit to the Homeplace and see Racheal the Rag Doll in her miniature world with all of her tiny clothing and accessories. Check out Racheal’s other doll friends, and the other toys and items that families and children would have played with and used in 1850. Racheal, her wardrobe, and all of her belongings were hand made by Juanita, one of our Homeplace volunteers. Racheal and her accessories are usually only on display during special events, such as the Christmas in 1850 event. Her friends and other items are on display most of the time.
While you’re here, ask us about the other items you see. There may be more to their history than first meets the eye. Or ask about how you can volunteer and help us recreate 1850s living history.
For more information about the Homeplace visit: www.landbetweenthelakes.us/seendo/attractions/homeplace
Or call us at: 931-232-6457
For more information on the Christmas in 1850 event visit www.landbetweenthelakes.us/calendar/christmas-1850/
For more upcoming special events visit: www.landbetweenthelakes.us/calendar