Our doll of the month is Samantha Parkington. She is 8 years old with brown hair and eyes. She is an American Girl brand doll in the Beforever line.

Samantha Parkington

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Our Samantha was a used doll when we got her and we still have some revamping to do on her.

Basic Information

Full Name

Samantha Mary Parkington


May 26, 1895



Series Data

First Appearance

Meet Samantha; Manners and Mischief

Series Location

Mount Bedford,
New York City, New York

Series Timeline

Late Summer 1904 to Summer 1907



Mr. Parkington (deceased)


Lydia Parkington (deceased)


Gardner Edwards


Cornelia Edwards


Mary Edwards


Best Friend

Nellie O’Malley

Noted Friends and Peers

Ida Dean, Ruth Adams, Agnes and Agatha Pitt

Samantha Parkington was one of the first three Historical Characters of the American Girl Dolls, representing the Edwardian Era/Early 20th Century. Samantha was first released in 1986 along with Kirsten Larson and Molly McIntire.

In October 2008, American Girl announced that they would “archive” Samantha’s entire collection; she, Nellie O’Malley, and their collections would become unavailable for purchase. The Samantha doll initially sold out on Feb 3, 2009, and official archiving was on May 31, 2009. Samantha’s books, the movie, and the two Mini Dolls remained available for purchase.

On February 17th, 2014, American Girl’s Facebook page stated that Samantha will be rereleased in Fall 2014 ; she was rereleased with the launch of BeForever and the first character to be rereleased from the archives.


Personality and Facts

Samantha (occasionally nicknamed “Sam”) is an orphan who, at the start of the series, is living with her old-fashioned Grandmary. Samantha only remembers her parents a little bit. She seeks the approval of Grandmary and does not want to disappoint her or worry her. She has been partially raised by her Uncle Gardner, and he is very much a father figure in her life; she wants to please him as well and does not want to be left out of his life even after his marriage.

Samantha is curious which leads to her asking a lot of questions from the people around her and thus questioning the status quo. She can be very defiant when she feels she has been wronged. She is very interested in her parents and their lives, as they died in a boating accident when she was five years old and is compared in looks to her mother. She has a rough side such as climbing trees and feels it is very hard to be a young lady. She often thinks fancifully, such as when she believes Jessie has left to be an actress and that her uncle may be a spy. Samantha is rather bold and mischievous and playful, generally going places she should not, sneaking off, and even standing up to her mocking neighbor, Eddie Ryland. Samantha is beguiling and bursting with ideas, and is very imaginative.

Samantha is fun and loves to laugh. She is loyal, giving, and helpful. Her friends consider her a “life saver” because she’s “all heart and ready to help others”.

Samantha likes progress, new inventions, and is interested in how things are changing in all ways at the turn of the century, though it’s hard for her to adjust to changes within her family, as Samantha initially felt Cornelia changed her plans in Samantha’s Surprise. At times she comes off as very naive due to her sheltered life; Nellie‘s harder life originally served as contrast to Samantha’s well-to-do life. She is also very giving, having given up her doll to Nellie soon after receiving it as well as giving her time to help her become better at school. She does not think this is merely helping a poorer person and sees her as a friend.

She loves to read; her favorite book is The Wizard of Oz. Samantha can play the piano, although she does not think she has much musical skill. She loves to paint and someday wishes that she could be as good of an artist as her mother Lydia Parkington. Samantha is not extremely skilled at embroidery but does good work; in her first book, she completes a sampler, and in Samantha’s Ocean Liner Adventure, she embroiders a handkerchief. She either wants to be a painter like Mary Cassatt or the first female US President. Samantha is very good at public speaking and knows how to bring attention and persuade people of her ideas easily. She gives a speech in Samantha Learns a Lesson, and she realizes she’s good at speaking. She learns that she is a great leader in Samantha’s Special Talent.

American Girl characterizes her as “compassionate” and “kind.” She was also characterized at the American Girl Publishing site as “bright” and “generous.”

Family and Friends


Friends and Minor Characters


List of Samantha’s Books

This is a list of all of Samantha‘s books that have been released.

Central Series

Nellie’s Book

Short Stories


Craft and Activity Books


Other Books

Movie Books


Locations in Samantha’s Series

This is a list of specifically named locations in the Samantha series and film; Nellie O’Malley is included.

Coldrock House

An orphanage for girls located in New York City. Nellie, Jenny, and Bridget are sent there after the death of their parents (their father in the film).

Colored Part of Town (Mount Bedford)

The area of Mount Bedford where the colored people, including Jessie and her husband Lincoln, live. It is on the other side of the railroad tracks from the upper class area. The streets are dark and narrow with drab, narrow, and dark houses with little grass. Nellie was once sent there to fetch medicine for Mrs. Ryland and so knew its location.

Clark School

A boarding school in Boston on Beacon Street. Miss Brennan attended there at about Nellie’s age and trained to be a teacher. The school takes in Irish girls who want to become more than maids and factory workers.

Fifth Avenue

(5th Avenue)

The biggest, busiest street in New York City.

Gramercy Park

A small, fenced in private park

Lessing’s Boys School

A private boys only school in Mount Bedford.

Madison Square Park

A 6.2 acre public park located in New York City in Manhattan; bounded on the east by Madison Avenue, on the south by 23rd Street, on the north by 26th Street, and on the west by Fifth Avenue and Broadway as they cross. A suffrage rally is being held there as Samantha and Grandmary come to visit in Happy Birthday, Samantha!

Miss Crampton’s Academy for Girls

The private school Samantha attends, a girls’ only academy.

In the book series it is located in Mount Bedford and a well-to-do private girls’ academy, with a yard and benches for students to have lunch at on fine days.

In the movie, it is located in New York City and requires the girls all wear uniforms of dark plaid dresses with dark blue neckties, black shoes and stockings, white pinafores, and boater hats.

Mount Bedford

Mount Bedford is a small, fictional town located on the Hudson river.

Mount Bedford Home

The Mount Bedford home is where Samantha (until Changes for Samantha) and Grandmary live.

Butlers’ Pantry

A small utility room off the kitchen (by definition), and generally used by the servants such as Hawkins.

Carriage House

Storage house for the carriage.


Grandmary keeps writing supplies and a desk here. It is on the first floor near the parlor.


The kitchen is on the first floor, and where Mrs. Hawkins works (and, for Samantha, can always be found). Samantha thinks of the kitchen as a warm place full of the smells of Mrs. Hawkins’ cooking.


The parlor is where Grandmary and Samantha have their daily sewing hour. It is also where guests come calling and visiting; it is near the front of the house and the front walk can be seen from it.

Samantha’s Room

Samantha’s room is on the second floor.

Sewing Room

The sewing room is on the third floor at the end of the hall, where Jessie works.


The tunnel is a hole in the lilac hedge between Samantha’s home and the home of Eddie Ryland.

Tower Room

The tower room is at the very top of Samantha’s house, above the attic up a steep set of stairs. It is a small room with windows in each wall and allows a view over a good part of Mount Bedford. This is where Samantha hold Mount Better School.

Mouth Bedford Opera House

The local opera house. It is used for many special events such as roller skating parties and concerts. A speaking contest is held here in Samantha Learns a Lesson by the Mount Bedford Ladies Club.

Mount Bedford Public Library

The library in Mount Bedford. Samantha suggests holding a talent show to raise money to help repair it in Samantha’s Special Talent.

Mr. Carruthers’ Candy Shop

A candy shop in Mount Bedford that Mr. Caruthers owns.

Mount Bedford Public School

The school Nellie, Jenny, and Bridget attends before their parents’ deaths. Eddie Ryland also attends this school.

New York City Home

Cornelia and Gardner Edwards‘s home in New York City, a tall and narrow brownstone located in Manhattan across the street from Gramercy Park. Samantha later moves in with them.


A shop located near Madison Square Park in New York City, where Grandmary did her shopping every time she came to New York City.

Park (Mount Bedford)

A park in Mount Bedford (Illustrations name it Jackson Park). It has a lake and a bicycling path alongside the lake.

Piney Point

A camping area that has Grandmary’s summer home. Located in the mountains.


A hotel in New York City, named for Horace Raven.

Ryland Home

Eddie Ryland and his mother Mrs. Ryland live next door to Grandmary and Samantha. They have a backyard with a bird bath and share the lilac hedge as a border with Grandmary’s home.

S.S. Londonia

A steam liner that Samantha, Grandmary, and Admiral Beemis journey on from New York to Southampton, England during the events of Samantha’s Ocean Liner Adventure.

Schofield’s Toy Store

A toy store in Mount Bedford. Samantha first sees a doll in the window in Meet Samantha, which she gives away to Nellie. In Samantha’s Surprise, she sees another doll she later receives from Cornelia.

Settlement House

A large gray building near the East River in New York City. The person in charge is Miss Brennan. The settlement house is a place for new immigrants to learn skills for American life as well as share their cultures; it offers a variety of classes (such as dance, carpentry, art, and cooking) as well as a kindergarten for younger children. Nellie O’Malley used to go there frequently with her sisters and later takes Cornelia and Samantha with her.


Seventeenth Street

(17th Street)

A very big, busy and broad street in New York City. Nellie uses the street to make her way to the settlement house. It is described as a very crowded street of hundreds of people and clogged with pushcarts that Nellie has to push through to make her way to the settlement house.

Southampton, England

The docking destination of the S.S. Londonia in Samantha’s Ocean Liner Adventure.

Swimming Hole (Mount Bedford)

A location for swimming. The students in Miss Stevens’ class are grateful for it as a place to learn how to swim, as Ruth Adams has a cousin who learns swimming by being suspended in the air by ropes.

Tyson’s Ice Cream Parlor

An ice cream parlor in New York City.



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