Fred Drummond Home
305 North Price Avenue
Hominy, OK 74035-1007
Manager: Beverly Whitcomb
|Wed - Sat||9am to 5pm|
|Sun||1pm to 5pm|
|Tour begins at 10am. The last tour of the day begins at 4pm.|
|Group Rate |
Fred Drummond Home
Antique Doll Exhibit
The Drummond Home has extended the Annual Antique Doll exhibit through the first two weeks in March! The exhibit features many antique dolls such as J. D Kestners, Armand Marseilles, Ernst Koppelsdorf and several Shoenau Hoffmeisters, which are all German-made dolls. There will also be an array of antique China, bisque, porcelain, and paper dolls.
Dolls have been around since prehistoric times, used to depict religious figures or as a child's plaything. These were mostly made of clay, fur or wood. Later as dolls gained popularity across European countries, they were used to show smaller versions of the latest French fashions. Ornately dressed and decorated, many of these dolls were made of china, bisque and porcelain. Later two very large competitive doll manufacturers emerged in Germany, owned and operated by two men named Armand Marseille and Ernst Koppelsdorf. They made dolls with leather kiddolene bodies and later used a material called composition. American pioneer women used to make the popular rag doll for their children using whatever was on hand. Paper dolls also became popular but were initially used for advertising purposes and/or to help promote the sales of certain retail items.
The exhibit also includes several collections of "Little Women" doll sets as well as the paper dolls from Louise May Alcott's famous book, Little Women.
The Drummond family built one of the most successful trading and ranching operations in Oklahoma. Arriving in the United States from his native Scotland in 1884, twenty-year-old Frederick Drummond dreamed of becoming a rancher. He soon embarked on a Texas cattle venture which failed due to lack of capital and a meager knowledge of the business. Fred then took a job with a St. Louis mercantile company as a clerk. In 1886 he moved to Pawhuska on the Osage Reservation and went to work for the Osage Mercantile Company as a government licensed trader.
In 1890 Drummond married Adeline Gentner, a German-American girl from Coffeyville, Kansas. By 1895 the couple had saved enough money for Fred to buy a partnership in the company he worked for. The enterprise prospered and, in 1904, Drummond bought out a trader in Hominy, forming the Hominy Trading Company. Through this economic base, Drummond expanded his operations to include ranching, banking, and real estate. Like the business, the Drummond family also grew. By 1896 the Drummonds were the parents of four children: R.C. (Cecil), F.G. (Gentner), Blanche, and A.A. (Jack). Following the death of Fred Drummond in 1913, the three sons formed the Drummond Cattle Company which prospered well into the next decade.
As a reflection of financial success, Fred and Addie built a substantial home in Hominy. The three-story house, completed in 1905, is Victorian in style and features a central square tower, second floor balcony, and false dormers. The first floor is constructed of native sandstone while the upper floors are frame covered by painted shingles of light and dark green. Light for the house was supplied by a gas generating unit located in the basement and water from a cistern was distributed by air-pressure.
The house was deeded to the Oklahoma Historical Society in 1980 and was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1981.