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Model Train Celebration

All Aboard!

On Saturday, April 18, 2015, join the Old Firehouse Museum for our first Model Train Celebration Exhibit at The Historic Depot located at 115 Hatten Avenue in Wiggins! The exhibit will be open from 9am until 2pm. There will be model trains, mini train rides, demonstrations, storytelling and train activities.

Admission is free!

The public is invited to bring your Model Trains to exhibit to the Depot on Friday, April 17th from 4pm to 6pm or Saturday, April 18th from 8am to 9am.

Wiggins Depot
Wiggins Depot

“Calling All Dolls!”

The Ferris O’neal Senior Center was again the venue of the second annual Doll Show and Tea Party  sponsored by The Old Firehouse Museum on Saturday, March 7, 2015. More than 2015 guests enjoyed the exhibits and refreshments.

In 2014, the initial Doll Show and Tea Party was held in conjunction with a county-wide focus on the life and works of Emilee Blackmore Stapp and her sister Marie. The sisters lived on Friendship Farm in the “Dolls’ House”, named for their international collection of dolls. Their investment in Stone County and the lives of children was unlimited.

Members of the Stapp Family again attended this years’ event. These included Eileen Day Gipson who grew up on Friendship Farm and exhibited on of the dolls from the sisters’ collection, and Betty Hearon of Hattiesburg. Additionally, multiple generations of families enjoyed the afternoon together viewing the exhibits and enjoying tea and conversation.

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Calling All Dolls – 2nd Annual Doll Show March 7, 2015


The Old Firehouse Museum is holding its 2nd Annual Doll Show and Tea Party on Saturday, March 7, 2015, at the Ferris O’Neal Senior Center, 1240 South Magnolia Drive, Wiggins. There is no admission fee and dolls are not judged.

This special Museum event for girls of all ages recognizes the contributions of the Stapp Sisters–Emilie and Marie–to Wiggins and Stone County. Young girls are welcome to bring their favorite doll and come to the Tea Party any time between 10:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.

Anyone wanting to display dolls may bring them on Friday Afternoon, March 6, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m., or Saturday morning from 8:00 to 9:30 a.m. Doll Show viewing is open to the public on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.

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Planning Meeting – Spring 2015 Events

Join us Thursday, January 22nd, at 5:30 pm, for a kickoff meeting for the two special Spring events for the Old Firehouse Museum. The 2nd Annual Tea Party and Doll Show is planned for Saturday, March 7th and what we hope is the 1st Annual Train Exhibit is planned for Saturday, April 18th.

We need all interested citizens of Stone County to help with these events and would love to see everyone that can spend a small bit of your time helping your Museum. We will meet in the Board Room at the Wiggins City Hall at 5:30. Please come meet with us and see what you can do to help!

Old Firehouse Museum Celebrates “Evening of the Hill”

Join us October 5th for the Second Annual “Evening on the Hill” on historic Pine Hill in Wiggins.

There are some tickets left for the delicious steak dinner from Serendipity at $20.00 each. Serendipity has tickets for sale. Brick Street and Maddie J’s will be open also and have some food available also. 

There will be Live Music and both a Live and a Silent Auction. Auction items will be available for viewing at 5:00, dinner starts at 5:30, Live auction with Timmy Garrison starts at 7:00.
This promises to be a beautiful evening. Please join us and support your Museum.

These are pictures of just a few of the items that are up for auction on Saturday at the  event sponsored by the museum. These items will be sold at the auction on Pine Hill Saturday night. They include window of quilts, gift certificates for a load of gravel and a load of dirt from Roger White, a certificate for one night stay at Chateau Blessey in Biloxi, fleur- de-lis book ends, and miniature picture frames.

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Save the Date – Old Firehouse Museum’s “Evening on the Hill”

Save the date of October 4, 2014, for this year’s edition of “Evening on the Hill”.

The evening will include dinner at Serendipity, live and silent auctions, and live entertainment. You will want to be there!

More information coming soon.

Historic Stone County Post Cards – John Sharp

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Fun Fact: The Dolls’ House – Emilie and Marie Stapp

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Emilie and Marie Stapp collected over 400 dolls from their travels around the world. When they built their home at Friendship Farm east of Wiggins in the 1930s, their home was called The Dolls’ House. Upon Emilie’s passing in 1962, her nieces ensured that the vast collection of Emilie and Marie would be preserved. After the great nieces chose from the dolls (Suzanne got two, Dottie and Ripple one each), the remainder were donated with manuscripts, books, and other memorabilia to the University of Southern Mississippi and are now part of the Special Collections of the de Grummond Children’s Literature Collection at The McCain Library and Archives.

Doll Show and Tea Party Honoring Emilie and Marie Stapp

Catherine of Aragon
Catherine of Aragon – Today this doll of Emilie and Marie Stapp is in the personal collection of their great-great niece Kathleen Day Woods.

The Old Firehouse Museum of Wiggins and Stone County will honor the legacy of Emilie and Marie Stapp and their contributions to the history of Stone County by sponsoring a Doll Show / Tea Party on March 15, 2014.

The Stapp sisters lived in Stone County from the early 1930’s until their deaths in the 1960’s. The sisters collected dolls from all over the world and displayed them in their home – The Dolls’ House – on their home place known as Friendship Farm. Doll Shows were held there for the young girls of the community. Many adults in the area still remember participating in these shows.

The event will be held at the Ferris O’Neal Senior Center in Wiggins. Doll lovers, children and adults, are welcome to display their favorite dolls at the show. Categories include: Bride, Barbie, American Girl, Baby Doll, Fashion Doll, Vintage Doll (40+years old), Homemade Doll, International Doll, and Miscellaneous (Collector, Character, etc.).

Exhibitors may bring their dolls for display on Friday, March 14th from 4:00 – 6:00 pm and Saturday, March 15th from 8:00 – 9:30 am. Dolls will not be judged. The public is invited to view the dolls from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm on Saturday, March 15th.

Young ladies and one of their favorite dolls, not on display, may participate in the Tea Party any time between 10:30 am and 12:30 pm.

The event is open to the public. Please join us in this special tribute to these special citizens of Stone County.

For more information, call 601-928-4970 or 601-928-5757 or come by The Old Firehouse Museum on Wednesdays or Thursdays.