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Feb. 17th, 2009 @ 11:41 am Debunk the myth! midget colony, New Britain...?
New Britain, Connecticut, at the end of Long Swamp Road over the highway bridge. A sign outside warns outsiders not to enter. The usual legends of rock-throwing midgets predominate, but there have also been multiple sightings of "an eight-foot-tall man with a red beard," contributing to the legend that "Midgetville" is government land given to circus freaks long ago and established under similar laws as Indian reservations.

it's supposed to be up the hill from a DMV...?

Was this ever true at any point? A friend of mine sent me this and I have no desire to drive out to New Britain for any reason

There's a midget who works in my local supermarket, he's very nice (we chat about produce occasionally) but I really don't want to ask him, I don't want to hurt his feelings.

PS I think my friend got this off the WierdUS site, but I'm not sure

ETA : Same question asked on Yahoo! Answers apparently there is some semblance of truth here but I'm still not driving out to New Britain to find out.

ETA just for the LULz: I was thinking, do I actually KNOW ANYONE who lives in New Britain? and the only person I could think of is former congresswoman Nancy Johnson, who stands a trollish four foot eleven. But I don't think she's a pygmy or a midget, I think she's just really short.
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From:totothegreat
Date:February 17th, 2009 04:52 pm (UTC)
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Its pygmy village. You can drive up there and see the little small houses, but I rarely ever see little people walking around. They call the cops fast if you don't belong. So if you do go up there please be respectful.
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From:squid_ink
Date:February 17th, 2009 04:54 pm (UTC)
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I'll rely on you for the photographic evidence, I'm actually not even sure where New Britain is TBH
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From:lil_laurel
Date:February 17th, 2009 05:10 pm (UTC)
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Middle of the state. But i thought this was somewhere else in CT, not New Britain.
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From:stardustxsiren
Date:February 17th, 2009 10:31 pm (UTC)
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You might be thinking of Little People Village in Middlebury. It's got the little miniature houses and such - don't know the story other than a myth that some guy believed in fairies and built the village for them? Cute, I guess.
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From:stardustxsiren
Date:February 17th, 2009 10:28 pm (UTC)
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Can you identify which road you're speaking of? Because the current DMV is on N. Mountain Road, Not Long Swamp like is mentioned.

N. Mountain runs up into the woods and turns into Loon Lake Rd. There is also Nike Road that heads up to the Nike Base, but I believe it is grown over and/or may be blocked.

In any case, Long Swamp, like I posted in comments below, has nothing up the end of it - so maybe the discrepancy is in which road the supposed myth actually lies on?
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From:totothegreat
Date:February 18th, 2009 02:33 pm (UTC)
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OK let me clarify before I get everyone here into a pygmy search party.

I don't know what the name of the road is, I am at work or I would go look for you. It is the road the current DMV is on. Now, when I say little houses, they may not be houses for little people, but they are very old looking, much smaller than the average house. They could fit a real person in them, I think, I never have been in them. There is a cluster of them, probably 4 or 5, way up past the DMV. The road is really crummy, and it takes a while to get to. Yes it is somewhere in the vicinity of the Nike site, I only know that though because I have hiked up to the Nike site and I am pretty sure its in that area, and the metacomet goes close to it.

Furthermore, I have never really seen people in or around the houses, with the exception of once I saw a little person there. Now, it is kind of a deal around new britain, and while I am not originally from new britain, I live there now and everyone seems to know about it. I think its probably more like a highschool joke, than an actual village of pygmys. The houses are a lot smaller and weirder looking than normal houses though. If I can, maybe I will try to take some pictures discreetly this weekend, but I feel real rude and uncomfortable doing that.
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From:totothegreat
Date:February 18th, 2009 02:36 pm (UTC)
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I wanted to add that I also have not been up there in like 4 years, so I really do not know what it looks like now. But I am assuming it is the same.
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From:stardustxsiren
Date:February 18th, 2009 03:32 pm (UTC)
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That explains my confusion. That's N Mountain Road that leads up to Loon Lake Rd and the Nike trail, for sure. Not Long Swamp. Thanks for the clarification.

I don't doubt that there's houses up there, but the whole myth of pygmy people and whatnot is a little silly. In fact, I'd be surprised if anyone even lives up there anymore at all.

Allow me to do the rude and uncomfortable, I'm great at that. xD I'm sick of hearing this rumor anyway, and have nothing else to do today :P
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From:squid_ink
Date:February 18th, 2009 03:42 pm (UTC)
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Allow me to do the rude and uncomfortable, I'm great at that. xD I'm sick of hearing this rumor anyway,

wow sorry to have tormented you with this question


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From:stardustxsiren
Date:February 18th, 2009 03:43 pm (UTC)
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Oh no, I didn't mean from you in particular. This just comes up every so often in conversation and I'm just ready to find out for myself what the deal is. No disrespect intended :)
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From:totothegreat
Date:February 18th, 2009 04:31 pm (UTC)
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Dont bother, you can see one of the mini houses in google maps street view of the area.

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From:squid_ink
Date:February 18th, 2009 03:40 pm (UTC)
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maybe I will try to take some pictures discreetly this weekend, but I feel real rude and uncomfortable doing that.

no need to do that .. it's not all that important

it was just a weird thing I heard

it's sort of like the frog people of Bethel. There is a very tiny bit of truth to it, but in reality its just kind of depressing and uninteresting
From:drogt6
Date:May 6th, 2011 05:51 am (UTC)
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I live in new britain... if u go down longswamp rd... across the bridge there is a dead end. Blocked off by big cement blocks.. and north mountain rd connects to it from the other side. When u drive up NM road pass the d.m.v. the road gets narrow and there are quite a few signs that say no trespassing. I've gone up there a few times because of the rumors i heard growing up. I stopped going @ around 19 yrs old. I've only seen one person up there. It was an over weight lady.. honestly if anything i think it might be an indian reservation. Maybe...... there is about 10 houses up there. U can google earth it. Just go to the dmv and scroll north west a little and there it is. Or find long swamp rd and keep goin pass the dead end.
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From:shesingsnow
Date:February 17th, 2009 06:22 pm (UTC)
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I have no idea about a pygmy/little person villabe, but, I can confirm:

The old DMV building - yes - was practically beneath I-84. I'm not sure if the DMV still uses that building, but I went there for a few years because it was much less crowded than the DMV in Wethersfield.

In any case, the building sat at the foot of a very tall hill -

If you are driving on 84 westbound from Hartford, pass through Farmington on the way to New Britain. The highway will start to slope down and then take a major downward curve to the right -- a hill will rise sharply on the right. After the curve is the Plainville exit. Underneath that highway curve - right in that vicinity - is where the DMV building was located. (I believe this is also where 72 joins 84, too.)

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From:squid_ink
Date:February 17th, 2009 07:54 pm (UTC)
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but are there pygmies at the gym?
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From:stardustxsiren
Date:February 17th, 2009 10:29 pm (UTC)
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Which is North Mountain Road, not Long Swamp, so there's a little bit of crossed lines in this myth.
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From:jimheem
Date:February 17th, 2009 06:47 pm (UTC)
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google street view went up there. check it out.
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From:squid_ink
Date:February 17th, 2009 06:52 pm (UTC)
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linky?

I'm on a deadline and don't have time to look.. but this is really killing me for some reason
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From:jimheem
Date:February 17th, 2009 07:09 pm (UTC)
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maps.google.com

search long swamp road new britain ct

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From:stardustxsiren
Date:February 17th, 2009 10:14 pm (UTC)
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Ok. My cousin's grandparents live in the last normal looking house (as in well kept yard, no random junk and cars everywhere, big garden, etc.) house on that road. After that there are a few houses that are decidedly junky, and then the actual road ends. I've been up there a billion times, and have never once seen anything weird. It's just woods. The Metacomet trail runs through there, I believe, and there's an old Nike missile base up there right near the Plainville/New Britain line. I've hiked to it before.

I honestly have no clue where the notion of pygmy people or such things came from, because there's nothing even remotely interesting about the place.
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From:stardustxsiren
Date:February 17th, 2009 10:19 pm (UTC)
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Also, Long Swamp is not the street where the DMV is or ever was. That is North Mountain Road, and is further down from Long Swamp. North Mountain Rd/Loon Lake Rd that it runs into also has a way to hike to the base.
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From:stardustxsiren
Date:February 17th, 2009 10:26 pm (UTC)
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Alsoalso, I think the no trespassing signs in the area are probably due to the Wetlands regulations and such.
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From:ctstalker
Date:February 18th, 2009 10:12 pm (UTC)
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I remember what a huge deal this was when I was in high school.


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From:squid_ink
Date:February 19th, 2009 12:24 am (UTC)
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I see a run down house.. but it doesn't look small and I SEE NO PYGMIES

oh well

I guess it's bunk
From:ctrealtor
Date:July 12th, 2009 09:31 pm (UTC)

Pygmy Village is just a myth.

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I am a local Realtor and I can confirm that there is no Pygmy Village. I know the owner of the homes and rent them out. Normal people live there. No pigmys. The houses are older homes between 1000-1500 sw ft.
I know when growing up we heard the rumors about pygmy village and drove up there to see them. Never saw any though. While i was there the other day someone drove by and snapped a picture! Its just a secluded wooded area. Nothing more. I actually have one for rent right now if anyone is interested! LOL~!
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From:Francesco's Chili's
Date:June 25th, 2012 06:47 pm (UTC)
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We used to go there as teenagers, about 12 houses several feet apart no bigger than my bedroom, all different colors, no garages and barely enough room to drive. tried to find it when I got older but to know availe.
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From:Steve Collins
Date:October 19th, 2012 03:03 am (UTC)
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I have been there a couple of times about 30 years ago as a teen.There was no one living in those shacks.I have walked around them.We even banged on some of the doors as a joke.i heard it was a hobo camp back in the 50s and early 60s.