Monday, July 10, 2017

Home for Wayward Babydolls

Our adventure today took us out to Morehead, KY and back in the country abit to a place in Elliottville called the Home for Wayward Babydolls, the property which stretches out includes their house, a smokehouse cabin, two large barns, a few smaller barns, and the woods on their ridge. We drove up and saw the sign, knowing now, we had arrived. We were met by Bet Ison, whom started our journey. She shared with us the history of the Home and showed us, on Trent Ridge, how some of the babydolls hard body skin last longer than others, and experiment in degrading rubber types used in making these dolls. While walking back to the main entrance, we gave her our own lost babydoll, and Bet gave her a home near the gate. We then saw different baby dolls, in various forms on the fence, in the trees, even some looking up at us through glass in the walkway. There was a mean baby doll that was in a birdcage, in the middle of the yard. Up on the porch we saw the mannequin family that Bet changes their clothes on occasion to fit the season, holiday or whatever she feels like. While at the “family” we met Cecil, who is the Forensic Anthropomorphologist, which is the studying of the trauma inflicted on abused dolls as well as their rates of decay under various climatic conditions, in which we found out from Bet is that Cecil likes the hard-plastic bodies the most to study. He didn’t stay long but long enough to say hello and introduce himself. Bet stated he Cecil Ison is a Vietnam veteran and a published, retired chief archaeologist at the Daniel Boone National Forest We continue our journey to a room where there were boxes of babydolls Bet had not gotten to, including a box of possessed dolls, that since both of us are paranormal investigators, intrigued us, but she had promised to open them to someone else. The lady on the side porch with the gumball machine was special. Onward, we saw some familiar faces as Chucky and Pee Wee Herman. Next, was Cecil’s Part’s and Equipment with the slogan on the sign “You can’t go wrong with Cecil’s “. Down the hill, trolls watched us from under the steps, then to the barn with various dolls and Cecil’s award wall with trophies and certificates. Bet took us inside her home to show us the “Dragon” made from bottle caps, a nice and elegant piece of art. Outside, Bet had a doll with a recording device, and  Doug, got to record his voice welcoming people to the home. Thank you Cecil and Bet for sharing your passion with us; an unique experience that we will soon not forget.  You could not meet any nicer people then Bet and her husband. I think it is great that they open their home so people can enjoy seeing all of the dolls.
There Facebook page is https://www.facebook.com/HomeForWaywardBabydolls/

The babydoll we took.

The mean babydoll.

The doll that Doug recorded his voice