'Dolly Mama' closes shop


Closing doors: Phyllis Baskerville, the owner of Dolly Mama's Museum of Dolls and Toys in Fortville, is closing shop after 10 years of giving tours and accumulating collectibles. (Joe Hornaday/Daily Reporter)

FORTVILLE — If you had the time, you could spend a week inside Dolly Mama’s Museum of Dolls and Toys in Fortville cataloguing and examining the thousands of items that call the museum home.

Owner and curator Phyllis Baskerville knows the story behind every piece in her collection, whether it’s a doll or a game or bit of Hollywood memorabilia or war-related material. But health issues and the demands of the museum that have increasingly strained Baskerville have led her to a difficult and heartbreaking decision: closing down the museum.

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