One of my favorite spaces in Athenian Hall, home to many of the collections at the Old Stone House Museum and Historic Village, is the toy room at the end of the long corridor on the second story.

Filled with rocking horses, board games, building blocks, roller and ice skates, a miniature ironing board and furniture, tea sets, ball and cup games, dolls, stuffed animals, cast-iron toy trains, and other childhood treasures, it serves as a reminder of how child’s play and the concept of childhood itself has changed over the years.