On a recent trip to Maine, someone told me about this place called Mackworth Island, very close to Portland, where there are loads of fairy houses. Of course most of them are built by fairies, but you are welcome to build your own, which we did. It was a magical hour, from the drive across the causeway, to the walk to find the “houses”, to the gathering of the materials and the building of ours. Apparently there is a tradition of fairy houses on Monhegan Island, and also at the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens in Boothbay, but this is really just 10 minutes outside of Portland. I’m not sure how this got started in Maine, but I think it’s something that should happen everywhere. See this book, Fairy Houses of the Maine Coast, to get some inspiration!


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Comments (4)


  1. Posted by: Brenda

    Thanks for posting pictures! We will be in Maine next week and have been planning a visit to Mackworth Island. Would love to see Monhegan Is. but not enough time. There’s something about building fairy houses–you can get lost in it for hours!

    • Posted by: Yolanda Edwards

      Hi Jen that festival sounds so cool! If you go will you tell us about it?!

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