Residents living in downtown Ann Arbor, Michigan, started noticing tiny ‘fairy doors’ appearing around town.
The doors were built into buildings, shops, and restaurants, and became widely known to locals. They eventually developed a cult following.
It was believed that Jonathan B. Wright, a father and a children’s book author, is the man behind these cute, petite fairy doors.
It all began in the early 1990s when Wright discovered something unusual in his house.
“1993 or so is when we first discovered one in our own home. Inside of that door is a stairway that leads up to yet another door that has been locked every time that we’ve checked.”
While he was renovating his home, he decided to install some fairy doors for his daughters. A decade later, he decided to go public.
On April 7, 2005, the first public fairy door appeared outside Sweetwaters Coffe and Tea. Ten days later, another one appeared outside the Peaceable Kingdom.
Children fell in love with these fairy doors. Sometimes, they leave a gift outside them!
“There are multiple things that have surprise me about the whole phenomena. One is the concept of things that are left for the fairies, their gifts. Somewhat like a wishing well concept, I guess, that children for the most part leave coins and drawings and little tiny trinkets for the fairies in the hopes that it will be a gesture of good will.”
The video below details the phenomenon.
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