SOUTHWEST HARBOR — A large, colorful toy village will be on display at the Southwest Harbor Public Library from Monday, May 5, to Saturday, May 24. This beautiful child’s toy was played with and cherished by children in archivist Charlotte Morrill’s family for more than 100 years.
The “Pretty Village” toy was made around 1900 by the McLoughlin Bros. Co. of New York. Today these attractive [villages] are avidly sought by toy collectors.
Merritt Mattison Hawxhurst, a traveling fire insurance salesman, brought a “Pretty Village” home to his children in Detroit, Mich., circa 1900. Among the Hawxhurst children was Helen Catharine Hawxhurst, mother of Charlotte Morrill of Southwest Harbor. The village, comprised of 17 buildings, was handed down to Morrill and her sister, Susan. “We were allowed to play with it on special occasions and only when our hands were clean,” Charlotte Morrill said. “I remember being fascinated with every detail of the buildings and the activities of the children depicted around the sides of the houses.”
The display of the “Pretty Village” at the library will be set up in honor of Children’s Book Week. For more information, call 244-7065.