This replica of a traditional rope bed was hand crafted by the grandfather of Mary Catherine Collins (1900-1983). There is a fine example of a full size, authentic rope bed in the children’s bedroom at the Thomas Darling House.
In 1924 Mary Catherine married Edward J. Brown, an attorney, and by 1940 the family was living on Beecher Road with their three children, Alice, Arthur, and Herbert. Mr. Brown served as justice of the Peace for the town of Woodbridge and Mrs. Brown served on the Board of Education.
By 1962 Mary Catherine Brown was widowed and downsizing. She moved to 100 York Street, New Haven. In the interim the doll’s bed was donated to the Amity & Woodbridge Historical Society.