Cookeville Doll Museum

People collect all sorts of things, from rare coins to sports memorabilia and it’s not very often that personal collections go on display, but Tennessee Crossroads’ Gretchen Bates traveled to Cookeville, TN to visit an entire museum dedicated to one woman’s lifetime collection of dolls.


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People collect all sorts of things, from rare coins to sports memorabilia. Would you believe some people even collect rocks? It's not very often that personal collections go on display, but Gretchen Bates traveled to Cookeville to visit an entire museum dedicated to one woman's lifetime collection of dolls.

Gretchen Bates joined Tennessee Crossroads in 2007 but had her first appearance on the show in 1991 when her community, The Farm, was featured on the show. Though born and raised in Lewis County, Gretchen left Tennessee to move to New York City and pursue a career in theatre. Highlights from her time in New York City include two summers at the Chautauqua Theatre, working with the Circe du Soleil, and seeing every show on Broadway. After six years on the stage in New York City, Gretchen returned home to Tennessee.

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