Margaret Ann Anderson loved small houses and cabins.
She was a teacher in Sullivan County, Tennessee — known as “Miss A” — at Valley Pike Elementary School and Holston Valley Middle School.
Yet she busied herself with making small houses and cabins – miniatures – with exotic and intricate details.
Passing by his home in Bluff City, Tennessee was like walking through a museum of tiny worlds.
And when she died at 78 last year? Well, friends and adoptive family members like 58-year-old Brenda Inman, who now lives with Anderson and calls her “Aunt Ann.” Inman knew that these miniatures needed to be placed in more than just home collections.
“She was a super nice person. Her health wasn’t good at the last moment,” said Inman, an accountant. “She loved making things, creating things and collecting things.”
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And his house was loaded, Inman said.
“There wasn’t a nook and cranny that didn’t have thumbnails.”
Inman moved some of the pieces to other locations. She gave it to friends and donated it to the William King Museum of Art in Abingdon, Virginia.
Still, much of the collection went to Spencer, North Carolina, where it is now on display at the North Carolina Museum of Dolls, Toys & Miniatures.
Tar Heel State Museum staff packed up the collection and brought it back for display in May.
“We truly believe that our museum is fantastic because of the volunteers and the generosity of our donors,” said Beth Morris Nance, director of the North Carolina museum.
As for Inman, she kept a few mementos or her adoptive aunt – a woman who was like a sister to her mother – and now boasts details of how Anderson could fashion a miniature house from a gift bag or follow instructions. of a kit.
“Every time you look at something, you see something new. It’s just amazing, the details that have gone into it. Inman says. “I just want it to be shared and seen and enjoyed.