The Enchanted Fairy Trail – Richmond, IN

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The Enchanted Fairy Trail is a fairy door attraction sponsored by The Wayne County Convention and Tourism Bureau at 5701 National Road East in Richmond, Indiana.

Fairy doors were originally discovered in Ann Arbor, Michigan in 1993 at the home of Jonathan B. Wright, author of “Who’s Behind the Fairy Doors?”

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In 2013, fairy dwellings magically appeared in shops, cafes, museums, gardens, and galleries all across Richmond and Wayne County. They started showing up shortly after Heather Lerner, an Ann Arbor resident, moved to town and became the director of the city’s Joseph Moore Museum of Natural History. The first fairy door appeared at the museum in late 2012.

Built with a colorful array of materials, the whimsical fairy dwellings include working lights, windows you can peek through to see tiny furniture, and even a fairy farm.

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Many of the fairy dwellings can be found outside and inside shops and cafes within walking distance of Richmond’s Historic Depot District and Main Street areas. Others are located throughout Richmond and Centerville (just six miles west of Richmond) in libraries, gardens, museums, and other businesses. Some locations offer tiny mail boxes where you may leave small gifts or write letters, allowing direct interaction with some of the fairies.

Launched in September of 2013, The Enchanted Fairy Trail takes visitors on a fun and unique adventure through Wayne County stopping at 37 locations offering 50 fairy homes and gardens with more being built and added to the trail. Cameras are encouraged to bring along the trail, although there’s no guarantee at catching a fairy on film.

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To play, participants obtain their Enchanted Fairy Trail brochure and map at the Old National Road Welcome Center at 5701 National Rd. E. in Richmond. Then, they’re ready to venture out in search of Richmond’s newfound fairies. This free, year-round activity provides hours of fun and is guaranteed to bring endless smiles.

On Saturday, October 12, 2013, A “Fairy Exciting Event” took place in Wayne County with girls and boys frolicking throughout the County in fairy attire as they made their way to various locations in search of the enchanted fairy doors, homes and gardens hidden within. Each location offered fairy themed activities for children, including: coloring contests, face painting, fairy dust tattoos, fairy themed crafts, snacks, games, fairy necklaces and much more.

In 2014, the Enchanted Fairy Trail offered players a chance to get a passport. When a certain percentage of fairy dwellings were found and their passports were stamped at each of the sites, participants received a special gift when they returned to the Welcome Center.

The Wayne County Convention and Tourism Bureau
5701 National Road East
Richmond, IN 47374

Visit Richmond (Website)
Fairy Trail Brochure (PDF)
Google Map

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Born in Philadelphia, Jerome Alphonse Holst worked 30 years as a librarian. He has since retired and lives in Greensboro, North Carolina. Mr. Holst is also the author of the children’s books “Norman the Troll,” "Norman the Troll and the Haunted House," and "Gretchen and the Gremlins." In addition, he penned the fantasy novel “The Adventures of Glinda Gale,” a retelling of “The Wizard of Oz" and the reference text “The Encyclopedia of Movie and TV Insults.” .

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