207 North Breckenridge Ave
Breckenridge, TX 76424
Kathryn Leach Doll Collection
The Breckenridge Fine Arts Center welcomes you to the Kathryne Leach Doll Collection. The collection, consisting of nearly 750 dolls, is housed in a 1300 square foot gallery and represents a lifetime expression of love and devotion not only for dolls, but for children as well. It is the Fine Arts Center's wish that each visitor experience some of the nostalgic innocence of his/her childhood, and at the same time, gain an insight into the beautiful spirit of Karthryn Coye Leach.
When she was 16 years old, Kathryn accompanied her parents to Europe where she purchased a few dolls. These purchases reinforced her already intense interest in dolls, thus beginning a lifetime of collecting. Each doll is a collector's item with some dating to 1860. Many were acquired on the Leachs' extensive travels through the United States and abroad while others were acquired as gifts from friends. Of special interest in the collection are nine miniature rooms displaying Lilliputian furnishings and dolls.
In 1992, the Breckenridge Fine Arts Center was chosen by Kathryn and Julian Leach of Fort Worth, TX, as the permanent home for the collection. Mrs. Leach was awarded the United Federation Doll Clubs Inc. Award of Excellence for the protection and preservation of dolls in July, 1994.
Hours: Tuesday-Friday, 10am to 5pm.
Saturdays from 10am to 3pm.