Little People Village is tucked away in the woods in Fairfield County a few blocks north of Maggie McFly’s Restaurant in the sleepy town of Middlebury, CT.
Originally called “The Fairy Village”, the site was actually a roadside attraction and ornamental garden along the very busy trolley line that ran from Waterbury, through Middlebury, and into Quassy Lake Resort from 1908 to 1929.
It featured a cluster of small stone houses standing about three to five feet high. Next to the village itself is an old stone house with iron bars on the window (once a gift/souvenir shop).
Over time, the attraction fell into disrepair and soon forgotten by the public. Then an imaginative new generation of visitors to the abandoned site spun spooky legends about the woodland ruins filled with structures made of lava rock, quartz, basalt and feldspar and cement.
One legend explaining this “Demon Midget Village” tells the tale of a man and his wife who started seeing small fairy folk in the woods around their home. The wife (who imagined herself the “Oueen of the Little People”) soon ordered her husband to build a tiny village complete with a throne. Eventually, she killed her husband with an axe when he sat upon her throne.
According to local myth anyone who sits on the cursed throne will die within seven years.
Another variation of the story is that a man living by himself in the stone house heard the voices of the little people, who commanded him to build the village. Eventually, he was driven crazy by the tiny voices and killed himself. Now-a-days the tiny voices of spirited sprites are washed out by the rush and roar of the traffic from the nearby CT 84 highway.
When visiting the site, the nearby Maggie McFly’s restaurant may provide a convenient parking space but you do so at the risk of being towed away.
Little People Village
Old Waterbury Road
Directions: Take CT 84 to Exit 17. Go North on Rt 63 past the restaurant Maggie McFly’s
Maggie McFly’s Restaurant (Google Maps)