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Roanoke in Randolph County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
 

Roanoke Doll Factory

1900-1925

 
 
Roanoke Doll Factory, 1900-1925 Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 2004
1. Roanoke Doll Factory, 1900-1925 Marker
Inscription. Ella Gannt Smith, artist, inventor, manufactured in this building the famous Roanoke Dolls. The dolls, completely handmade, featured a head molded of plaster of Paris enclosed in a tight cotton fabric cut and stuffed to resemble body, hands and legs. Facial features of each doll were hand-painted, no two being alike. At her death, April 2, 1932, Mrs. Smith held eleven patents. The factory, built by her husband, S. S. Smith, was later converted into an apartment house.
 
Erected by Randolph County Historical Society.
 
Location. 33° 9.066′ N, 85° 22.313′ W. Marker is in Roanoke, Alabama, in Randolph County. Marker is on Vaughn Street, on the left when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Roanoke AL 36274, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 4 other markers are within 16 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Lebanon Christian Church (approx. 2.9 miles away); Louina (approx. 11.1 miles away); Site of the Home of William Hugh Smith (approx. 12.8 miles away); The Burnt Village (approx. 15.7 miles away in Georgia but has been reported missing).
 
More about this marker. Correct name is Ella Gaunt Smith.
 
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Roanoke Doll Factory, 1900-1925 Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., January 22, 2002
2. Roanoke Doll Factory, 1900-1925 Marker
Doll Factory is now used as residential housing.
 Roanoke, Alabama, Home of the Ella Smith Doll. (Submitted on September 30, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.)
 
Additional keywords. Roanoke Indestructible Doll.
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceNotable BuildingsNotable Persons
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 2,777 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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