I grew up in a small town in New Jersey that was fairly boring. But! The town next to me? Where my high school was? That was a whole other story. Mullica Hill, NJ, happens to house one of the stranger toy stores/”Wizard of Oz” memorials in the world. The Follow The Yellow Brick Road Doll Toy Museum & Boutique is actually not so much a traditional toy store, as a toy hoarding paradise, spread out over a couple of acres. And the owner, when not collecting out-of-production Furbys or plush E.T. dolls, busies himself working on the homemade painted yellow brick road and animatronic collection of “Wizard of Oz” characters he has built and installed around his backyard. Yes, this man has created the “Wizard of Oz” on his property. In wacky DIY style (that’s me in one of his Cowardly Lion cutouts, pictured). And once a year he invites CIVIL WAR RE-ENACTORS to stage a weekend long battle on his property. Yes, amidst fake Wicked Witches of the East and Dorothy, there is an annual Civil War reenactment. It makes perfect sense.
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