May 31st: Visit to the Victorian Perambulator Museum

Thanks to Pat D. for taking pictures and writing a summary of this trip.

On May 31st a group of 21 Cleveland Doll Club members and friends took a drive out to Ashtabula County on a warm and sunny spring day to visit a unique museum.  museum sign

The only Victorian Perambulator museum of its kind in the world, offering more than 250 antique baby carriages (perambulators), features the world’s largest known collection of early wicker baby and doll carriages. Each carriage is a work of art, handmade from natural fibers and fashioned into intricate, ornate designs and distinctive shapes.

Delightful whimsical carriages bring back motifs such as gondolas, swans, peacocks, carrousels that urge you to jump on, displays with their nostalgic touch encouraging one to say “WOW!!  I wish I could dream on forever.”  The Christmas Room entices you to believe in Santa.  The paintings throughout whisper their secrets, and force the phrase, “what’s next?”  Toys that dare you to say, “Come play with me,” books that make you a believer.

Unique displays of pre-1900 children’s sleds, dolls, velocipedes, farm wagons, toys, books, games, miniatures, full size Carousel horses, decorations, Victorian ladies and gentlemen’s clothing & accessories, paintings, portraits and so much more is also on exhibit. Large, gorgeous antique French and German Bebes of the mid to late 1800’s gaze demurely, along with contemporary and modern dolls peeking out from almost every carriage.

The collection is beautifully arranged in a multi-level house and every room is cleverly used to full capacity without overcrowding.  After experiencing 14 amazing rooms the visitor often hesitates leaving until one last look.

Museum owners Judy and Janet

Museum owners Judy and Janet

This truly is a one of a kind museum with two remarkable owners who are both newly retired teachers. The owners of the museum, Judy Kaminski and Janet Pallo, are twins who have and are continually dedicating their lives to the preservation of the Victorian era. Nestled in the tiny town of Jefferson, Ohio at 26 E. Cedar St., the museum has been in existence over twenty-five years.

Jan & Judy will greet you with a great smile and make a believer out of you.  They say “Our Victorian Perambulator Museum was founded in 1988 when we decided to “go public.” Response was immediately overwhelming. Starting from a private collection of 50 carriages, we have now grown the collection to over 250 Victorian carriages. We have had visitors from around the world come to our museum. It is a one of a kind museum that must be seen to be appreciated.”

Some of the many words that visitors have used to describe their experience are; “Awesome,” “Fabulous,” “Beautiful,” “Amazing,” “Overwhelming.”

If you missed our club trip, make this attraction a must-see on your future bucket list.  Or go back to enjoy the experience again. You will be glad you did!

Beautiful Buggies

Beautiful Buggies

Lovely Bebes and Carriages

Lovely Bebes and Carriages

Regency Carriage

Regency Carriage

After visiting the museum, do stop for lunch or dinner at one of the many wineries in the area.      Our group wined and dined at Ferrante Winery in Harpersfield, with a pleasant atmosphere overlooking their vineyards. The cuisine, wines and service were quite good.

Kids and Moms

Kids and Moms

Travel dolls shopping for a good vintage!

Travel dolls shopping for a good vintage!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We all had a wonderful day of friendship and want to thank Michele C. once more for planning and arranging this lovely club trip.

For more information, visit the Victorian Perambulator Museum website
There is a lot to explore on the museum website, including pictures, slideshows, and videos.
Be sure to stop by!

Here’s a link to Ferrante Winery’s website too!

 

 

 

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