Fairy House Exhibit

Fairy House Exhibit

Fairy House Exhibit

Helen Greene’s fairy houses are on display at the Dollhouse & Toy Museum in Bennington.

Helen Greene’s fairy houses are on display at the Dollhouse & Toy Museum in Bennington.

The fairy houses at the Dollhouse and Toy Museum of Vermont are enchanting creations by Helen Greene, who is retiring this year after having been an art teacher at Bennington and Monument Elementary Schools since 1998. Photographs of them will form the core of children’s book about fairies and fairy houses that she hopes to publish, along with poems about fairies by her husband, Mitch Greene, and drawings of fairies by Adrian Sweeney, who has been teaching art at the Village School in North Bennington since 1992. Some of the drawings and poems, along with fairy houses and fairies will be the highlight of an exhibit at the Museum, on display until autumn.
Fairies have been a part of folklore for thousands of years, but constructing fairy houses, which in recent years has become something of a phenomenon, dates back just about a 100 years, when people began making them in coastal Maine to attract fairies that were thought to protect livestock and children in the harsh winters. Most fairy houses are small structures made from natural materials such as rocks, twigs, moss, acorns, shells and bark.
The museum is located at 212 Union Street, at the corner of Valentine Street, Bennington, and is open Saturdays and Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m. Admission is $2 for children three and older, $4 for adults, and $10 for families. For more information, visit dollhouseandtoymuseumofvermont.com or call 802-681-3767.

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