The elaborate dollhouse, complete with inlaid floors, cedar-shingled roof, wrap-around porch and electric wiring, is the very generous gift of longtime Pawlet residents Bill and Charlotte Jordan, who painstakingly created it by hand over the course of many years.
This newest addition to the collection was unveiled at the celebration of the library's 10th anniversary on Oct. 13. A standing-room only crowd applauded as the house was uncovered, revealing it lit up and decorated for fall. Charlotte Jordan then answered questions about the dollhouse while everyone enjoyed a slice of birthday cake.
Accompanying the gift is a notebook chronicling the work, from the purchase of the house shell as a kit in 1996, to every detail of its progress to completion: individually staining thousands of roof shingles, installing the tiny electrical wiring, and notes on where each piece of the detailed period furnishings were purchased.
In the journal Charlotte also notes that the Pawlet Library would be a meaningful home for the dollhouse because she attended school there for eight years when the building housed the Village Schoolhouse. The final entry in the journal is dedication of the dollhouse "To become a permanent donation to the Pawlet Library as a memorial to the Herrick/Jordan families, who love their town."
PLEASE SEE PHOTO SENT SEPARATELY CAPTION: Bill and Charlotte Jordan with their dollhouse