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The Wedderburn Property
The 8 acre Wedderburn Property on the border of the Washington & Old Dominion trail in Vienna, Virginia. Due to the small sizes of the homes, local youth have renamed the place "Midgetville" and tell stories of hostile little people who inhabit the buildings and throw rocks and shoot guns at outsiders. In 1882 the site was a small summertime resort that people went to when they wanted to escape the stressful lifestyle of Washington DC. In 1892 the area was purchased by Alexander Wedderburn. In 1901 the hotel burned to the ground, but a normal sized two story building was built around the same time at the corner of the property. In 1930, one of his sons, George, built six small Spanish-style cottages. A courtyard in the middle of the property was sometimes used as a fairground or a farmers market. The cottages were rented to people, but the place had become overgrown with Ivy and covered with trees. In 2002 the family signed a deal with contractors to tear the place down. The Wedderburns briefly established the Wedderburn Music School on site. As of 2007, the place stands abandoned and ready for construction.  
For a virtual tour of the property, go to www.KeepMidgetville.com
New Jersey has its own urban legend about a Midgetville in a location called Jefferson Township on the Milton side of town. The houses are located on a secluded dirt road. There are at least 6 small houses with small doors, small windows, and small furniture inside, and some have very ornate exterior decorations. There is 1 normal sized house on the grounds.
Rumor has held that Alfred Ringling, famous for the Ringling Brothers Circus, built a few small-sized houses that had 4 foot doors. However the houses, at least recently, all appear to be built within the last 40 years and some are built with vinyl siding which was not available during Ringling's time. Many stories from people who have been there tell of hostile midgets who shoot guns at outsiders.
Other Reported Sites
Clinton County, Michigan
Slightly west of the intersection of Jason and Forest Hill Rd. There is a large green gate blocking off a drive that leads back to spread of undersized houses complete with pond and lighthouse. Reports of possible bear traps in the woods and being shot at for trespassing.
Debunked Urban Legend
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