Tennessee Traveler: The "Doll Doctor"

Published: Mar. 30, 2018 at 5:03 PM EDT
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Sarah Boyd isn't a certified medical doctor, but when it comes to baby dolls, she'll stitch, glue and love your doll back to life.

Inside Boyd's "office," a house built 100 years ago, the "doctor" keeps slices of time in the form of dolls, varying in all sorts of shapes and sizes. The building has become a real life doll house.

"I've never met an evil doll," Boyd told Local 8 News anchor Alan Williams.

However, that doesn't keep some dolls from being described as creepy.

"I had one that you wound up, and she would walk and talk, that I was working on," Boyd said. "My son, who is now 24, was walking through the house and bumped the table, and she started walking, and it really did freak him out," she laughed.

However, in her house, Boyd said the dolls have been like family to her.

"I fix people's dolls and stuffed animals and toys," she said. "I was a teacher before, and I retired when my son was born because he kept getting sick, and so I had to find some other things to do."

Boyd has filled each room with memories of long ago. With each doll comes its own story, many back over 100 years.

"These big dolls, the big porcelain dolls, most of them were made in Germany, and they were made in the 1870s, maybe a little bit earlier than that," she explained.

Among her collection are dozens of Barbie dolls, including Marilyn Monroe, Jackie Kennedy Onassis and Elvis. However, Boyd said she has one favorite that stands out above the rest: a doll made in the 1800s by Jewish-German dollmakers.

"She will stay here for as long as I've got the place," Boyd said.

Boyd has treated dolls from long ago up to the present -- all like her own children.

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