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Ann Arbor, Michigan

Ann Arbor’s Fairy Doors

Whimsical portals to another world. 

In 1993, While Jonathan B. Wright was renovating his century-old home, his young daughters made a delightful discovery: itty, bitty, six-inch doors scattered throughout the space. When opened, there were tiny railings inside that led to other miniature doors. There were even windows springing up, where lights inside would magically turn on and off.

By 2005, Jonathan had become a full-fledged Fairyologist, documenting the little doors that were now springing up all around town - obviously they were fairies, what else could they be? His website has documentation of over two dozen doors from these “urban fairies.”

At the Ann Arbor District Library, the creatures made a home out of a bookcase and several books on fairy tales. Then there is The Peaceable Kingdom, a gift shop where the fairies set up their own elaborate store, filled to the brim with fairy favorites: pennies, toys, acorns, and all other manner of bric-a-brac. The newest find is the Michigan Theater’s private fairy theater, complete with working movie screen. Keep checking Jonathan’s site for his latest discoveries!

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