March 23, 2004

Remember the Little People

Disclaimer: I know that the politically correct term is 'little people.' Don't think me insensitive but I think 'little people' is just a little too politically correct. If there are any midgets in the audience, I apologize for my insensitivity.

There's a rumor in the Washington DC area that there's a little place - no pun intended - called Midgetville hidden in the Virginia suburbs. Little is known but this much is rumored to be true:

- Midgetville is located in an older suburban neighborhood shielded from much of the normal suburban traffic.

- Midgetville contains no more than a dozen houses, clustered together and surrounded by high fences.

- Houses in Midgetville are size-appropriate. Counters and doorknobs are lower and everything is smaller.

- Midgetville inhabitants fiercely defend their territory from the intrusion of the outside world. This has resulted in a number of midget attacks when curious visitors have tried to glimpse this mini-paradise.

- Midgetville was supposedly spawned when Ringling Brothers was headquartered in a neaby area. The circus has since left town.

While I've known people who know people who've visited Midgetville, I have no trustworthy first-hand evidence that such a place exists. This land of the midgets remains entirely elusive. Thus began my Midgetville Quest. When in doubt, Google it. Right? Wrong.

When I attempted to do some research on the existence of Midgetville, I encountered an enormous amount of midget porn. These are not short porn films. I encountered titles containing midget-on-midget sex, midget-on-normal person sex, groups of midgets engaged in orgiastic delights...just about everything you can possibly think of. And while this did not directly contribute to solving my overall problem (the existence of Midgetville), it did inspire a few theories.

- People really like midget porn. I mean, there's a lot of midget porn out there.
- There are lots of horny midgets willing to do anything for cash.
- The rumored Midgetville may actually be the epicenter of midget porn.

The first two are relatively straightforward. I think they speak for themselves. But the third deserves some consideration. Think of it - we've got Hollywood where most of the mainstream movies are created. Actors and actresses, producers and directors all live clustered together, creating the insular communities around Hollywood. It makes sense. Why should midget porn be any different? How else can the fierce defense of Midgetville be explained? So, if we assume Midgetville does indeed exist, I think its safe to say that its probably the capital of midget porn in this country.

And here - rather abruptly - the Quest ends, but only temporarily. I vow to continue the quest and I ask for your assistance. If you have any information on Midgetville, please let me know.

Posted by Chris at March 23, 2004 12:48 PM

sometimes you worry me. and frighten me.

Posted by: laura at March 23, 2004 1:03 PM

Oh dear... What to do: leave work, don't drive yourself, don't make stops, don't consume alcoholic drinks or drugs (that won't mix with what you already took) and go straight to Dr. Phil. I'm sure he can help you get over this issue.

Posted by: Sweety at March 23, 2004 1:12 PM

Okay. Are you sure you didn't discover the porn accidently, then make up the story so you could visit it again. Ya know, in the interests of "research." ;-)

Posted by: Oliquig at March 23, 2004 1:15 PM

Elliot in the Morning sent his interns in search of Midgetville...I believe they found it but were extremely disappointed. Was hardly Munchkinland but intead resembled some kind of little people trailer park.

But they weren't allowed to take pictures, so it totally could have been Munchkin Porno Land. In fact, I'm totally going to say it is whenever someone talks about it.

Posted by: Amalah at March 23, 2004 1:21 PM

I've always secretly believed there must be a a freaky midget brothel somewhere...

Posted by: emily at March 23, 2004 1:34 PM

can we have our leprechauns back now please?

Posted by: Marie at March 23, 2004 1:44 PM

as soon as I saw the word midget, I decided to NOT open the extended entry, so I have no idea what this post was about and I think it's better that way.

Posted by: yvonne at March 23, 2004 2:25 PM

Reminds me of the retired circus freak town myth. Of course, there may well be such a town (rumoured to be in Florida), but is it really right to intrude on their privacy to find it - when they've finally made a home for themselves where they won't be stared at and judged?

That said, I just don't get the midget porn thing.

Posted by: pie at March 23, 2004 2:55 PM

This post had me nearly in tears (laughter - not sadness) LOL I loved your theories.

There is a magazine, and website called Weird NJ ( I believe is the site). Issues come out every 3 months I think, and in these magazines is everything from haunted houses to strange people to legendary animals (think Jersey Devil). I don't know about a midget village, but we supposedly have an albino town somewhere. And the stories are about the same. The town is small (a dozen houses or so) and set back from any main roads and they are very protective of their land and hostile to trespassers.

Don't know much about albino porn though....

You should perhaps make a weekend out of finding midgetville, and then you can answer your questions. Seriously! Daniel and I used to go searching through NJ for a lot of the stuff we read in Weird NJ. It was a lot of fun.

Too bad I've only ever posted one of our findings:
The Enchanted Forest

Posted by: Tjej at March 23, 2004 3:04 PM

i had no idea something like that existed around here. but bailey's crossroads isn't far ... road trip!

maybe we can find a whole "town" of bearded women too.

Posted by: tj at March 23, 2004 4:11 PM it! You come across the most random things. Amalah's probably right...I listen to Elliot on the radio sometimes. If anyone wanted to find out something like that, he could. Maybe you should email him! And share the details! :)

Posted by: Zandria at March 23, 2004 5:14 PM

Yeah I heard about that on the Don&Mike show awhile back.. it's very weird/cool. I feel kind of sad for them because so many people go out and gawk at them.

Posted by: Maureen at March 23, 2004 5:28 PM

There's a rumour that a Midgetville existed outside of Philly a few years back. I never could get it substantiated, though.

Posted by: Coleen at March 23, 2004 8:55 PM

OMG - that was hysterical (wipes away tracks of masacara while howling out loud!).

Posted by: Mala at March 24, 2004 11:11 AM

You inspired me to google. I typed in 'midgetville virginia' and found a top 100 list. It didn't say where you could find midgetville, but it did say that if you live in Virginia, you know where it is. 37. You know where to find Midgetville

So I think you should ask someone from Virginia.

Posted by: Ginny at March 26, 2004 1:09 PM

IT IS LOCATED IN VIENNA VA. from lee hwy, take cedar lane north. make a left on wedderburn. you will see houses in the corner behind a no trespassing sign.

northern virginian

Posted by: jes blaiz at April 10, 2004 2:39 PM

This hurts my head, lol. I am a student in a college class entitled race, class, gender, and one of the students came across an article involving discrimination of those suffering with dwarfism. Well, the teacher went with it, and up came Midgetville. It amazes me, because so Midgetville exists in New Jersy, Florida, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and god knows where else. I live in West Virginia...haven't heard about a Midgetville here yet, but I'll keep my ears open. For the record, I am submitting this post and some of the replies to my instructor, I'm sure she'll find them humorous, lol. Very funny stuff, especially how you linked Midgetville as being the capital city of the midget porn industry. (Industry? Is it that big yet? Excuse the pun....) Anyway, I know this is all in good fun, but don't be too quick to spread the rumors. I'm pretty sure that if someone said something like...oh I don't know...a "Niggerville" existed...there would be some pretty mad people out you might wanna keep feelings in mind. Bye!

Posted by: Tristan at April 18, 2004 12:29 AM

Westcoast Midgetville
There is also a Midgetville in Riverside, California (about 1 1/2 hr east of Los Angeles)!
A small documentary was made researching the city of little people, and was just shown last night at the Riverside Municipal Museum. I bought three DVDs.
I grew up in "Munchkin Land" which is in Downey, Ca (Los Angeles County), so I found the story very intriguing.
If anyone is iterested in "The Mysteries of Midgetville", you can email Bill Bell:

Posted by: Corinne at May 2, 2004 5:17 PM

Somebody commented on a supposed carnival "freak" town. Yes, that does exist and there was an episode of "City Confidential" about a murder there (involving, believe it or not, Lobster Boy). It's Gibsonton, Florida. Just search Amazon and you can find the video of the episode. It's item number 0767021371.

Posted by: Mark at May 8, 2004 2:51 PM

Midgetville (the one in Virginia) is also mentioned on

Posted by: Mark at May 8, 2004 2:52 PM

If you search on the Fairfax County web site's Tax Assessment Page for 8515 Wedderburn Lane, the listing shows a 2 acre lot with multiple tiny (300-800 sq. ft) houses on it. If you click the map link and then change the options to check aerial photo, you can see an aerial photo of the property. They keep saying it's an urban legend, but 300 sq. ft is really small!

Posted by: amyx3 at June 21, 2004 12:10 PM

Check out this FFx county tax page...this could be it...will keep you updated..

Posted by: nick at June 23, 2004 10:51 AM

Posted by: nick at June 23, 2004 10:51 AM

drove by the other day, it's off cedar on wedderburn, all sorts of town board meeting signs, you can't miss the place, didn't see any midgets though. i think you can get a better view from the bike path?

Posted by: joel at June 27, 2004 6:10 PM

it's real. it's right by my house. :-) you can get directions from googling "Midgetville Vienna".

Posted by: TishaKitten at June 30, 2004 10:52 AM

I went there today. Holy fuck. My story, straight fro my lj because i'm too lazy to type it out again:

"We're walking. And HOLY FUCK I NEED TO TAKE A PISS. So Khai and Jeff go down the road. So I go pissin in the midget bush...... when out of no where Khai is like HOLY FUCK A CAR. And I'm like HOLY FUCK RUN FOR YOUR FUCKIN LIFE and I'm runnin for my life down the driveway..... this FUCKING RED VOLVO STATIONWAGON WITH TWO MIDGETS. I'm fucking serious. So I get out of the property and go to the side of the road about 400 feet away from the property.. and the car drives to where i am and STOPS... yelling and honking it's fucking horn at us repeatadly... And I'm like UHH FUCK. So I keep running, and Jeff and Khai who tried to hide behind a tree, ran too. We ran up some random house's property and the god damn stationwagon pulls in there to chase after us...... holy fuckkkkk. So we cussed all the way home. HOLY FUCK FUCK."

holy fuck fuck. so really. it's like a mix of west va and an enchanted forest. IN THE MIDDLE OF YUPPIEVILLE. damn.

four pictures for you:


Posted by: Eric Randalls at July 7, 2004 11:56 PM

midgetville is in New Jersey, on Rdige Road right before the GWB exit (Georgre Washington Bridge exit of the NJ Turnpike)

Posted by: gina at July 13, 2004 5:54 PM

I have directions to the T, I have been there about 3-4 times, its in nova. its off I-66 E, take the Nutley Street (VA-243) exit. If you want directions email me.

Posted by: Jon at July 14, 2004 9:23 AM

I have been to midgetville a few dozen times because i live in Vienna Virginia and live about a mile from the place. First off, I have been back in midgetville in a car and have never seen a midget. I have seen one regular sized man. The people do not go outside. They have a sign about a gaurd dog and many no trespassing signs. The houses are very small and look strange. The houses are located around a loop driveway. I think there are 7 houses. I have never seen a midget or been attacked but I am almost sure that midgets are really there because the neighborhood is obviously trying to cover something up. The neighborhood in on wedderburn street in Vienna Virginia. This is located off of Cedar Lane Which can be easily reached by taking Rt. 66 From DC. E-mail me for more info.

Posted by: df at July 15, 2004 12:38 PM

Midgitville is both real and a myth. My friend's family owns the land and they are normal size people. They've sold it to developers who are planning to tear down the tiny-little houses where no midgets abide and replace them with normal-size house where I assume no midgets will abide. My friend is trying to prevent the sale from being completed against her family's will even though the papers have already been signed. She's trying to raise money and attention to the issue in order to save the tiny-little mythologized homes.

Posted by: jds at July 19, 2004 12:32 PM

I had a friend that lived in one of the houses on the Wedderburn property, about 10 years ago. I picked him up and dropped him off a number of times to and from work.

I never saw any "little people", but I did notice that the houses were very small, in contrast with the other homes in the nearby neighborhood.

The recent rezoning notice caught my attention and I drove by the property. I respected the No
Trespassing signs, but did notice the Yellow Re-zoning signs. Someone had placed "postponed" across both the signs that I saw.

Sadly the beginning of the end for a local myth.

Posted by: wip at July 19, 2004 9:32 PM