Midgetville, or Tiny Town, is a name used to refer to real or legendary communities of “midgets”, people with forms of dwarfism who are normally proportioned, or collections of small “midget-sized” houses. As many of these places are legendary they are at times given qualities that might be more fanciful than real and even some “real” ones may play on mythology for tourism purposes. Hence some descriptions are not meant to imply anything concerning real people with dwarfism.
The “Midgetville” in Vienna, Virginia was a collection of six small cottages that were torn down in 2008. In 1892 the area was purchased by Alexander Wedderburn and in 1930 his son built six small cottages. The cottages were rented out but eventually became overgrown with ivy and trees, subsequently becoming associated with “Midgetville” legends bolstered by two coincidences: the nearby Bailey’s Crossroads, named for the Bailey family of Barnum & Bailey Circus, was used as a place to winter circus animals in the mid-1800s, whilst nearby Tysons Corner is the home of one of the Barnum & Bailey Circus headquarters. Those two facts are used to substantiate the legend that Midgetville was a retirement village for circus midgets. The legend is sometimes told with the midgets being xenophobic and throwing rocks at curious visitors to chase them away.
Another so-called Midgetville is located in New Jersey. At least six small houses, with small doors, smalls windows and small furniture inside are located on a secluded dirt road. Some have very ornate exterior decorations. There is one normal-sized house on the grounds, inhabited by an elderly, average height couple. Rumor has it that Alfred Ringling, famous for the Ringling Brothers Circus, built a few small-sized houses that had four-foot doors as a sort of retirement home for the little people acts in his circus. Again, visitors claim the “midget” residents are territorial and hostile and will shoot guns at outsiders.
[Images Sources: Top Row (VA) : Bottom Row (NJ)]
[With thanks to Vintage-Royalty]