We had friends visiting from Philly all last weekend. In addition to enjoying several local beaches, touring Fort Gorges and eating our fill of Labor Day barbeque, we also visited Mackworth Island.
Mackworth Island is 100-acres of birdwatching, hiking, fishing, sunning and fairy-house-building pleasure, located in Casco Bay, just north of Portland. The island is accessible via a causeway off Route 1 in Falmouth, and has a free parking lot, though space is limited. YES there is also an outhouse.
An easy 1.25 mile trail circles the island, meandering through the woods and hugging the coast, providing glimpses of the surrounding water.
In various locations you can clamber down to the sea, collecting shells and bits of organic material.
Why, you may wonder, would you want to shove seaweed in your pockets? For THE VERY REASON YOU CAME TO MACKWORTH! The Fairy House Village.
That’s right. The Fairy Village. Perhaps you didn’t know this, but while you & I are tucked safely in our beds, tiny fairies frolic in the woods of Mackworth Island. And during the days, while they rest, we build them houses.
What may appear to be just another bit of forest is something else altogether. Come closer and you will see.
Scattered everywhere in this section of the woods are fairy houses of every size and shape. Some elaborate, some simple, all man-made of natural materials.
Some houses are bigger than others. The one below, for instance, encompassed not only an amphitheater, but several housing units, as well as a fenced-in playground complete w/ ladder and swings. It was my favorite, of course.
Some houses have enormous hot tub rooms. Did you know mushrooms are fairy hot tubs? You do now.
Fairies like hot tubs. (Me too.)
Fairies like to eat bowls of big, juicy berries. And sleep on yew-bush beds.
They throw lavish fairy parties replete with beautiful flowered dance floors.
They decorate their houses with moss and keep doodle bugs as pets. And just like humans, some like extra privacy.
So if you ever make it to Maine, be sure to stop at Mackworth Island and build your own fairy house. There can never be too many.