Tinker Nature Park is somewhat of a ‘living museum’ that sprawls out on 68 acres of land that was donated to the Town of Henrietta in Monroe County by a private resident. It features a nature center with rotating exhibits, a taxidermy collection, beekeeping exhibits, outdoor wildlife watching and a 1.2 mile handicapped accessible trail that has physical fitness stations located throughout. On the property there is the Tinker Homestead Museum in a historic cobblestone house. There is an outdoor meditation maze, boardwalk with seating and all kinds of special events geared toward learning about nature and conservancy for all ages. It’s a really great space to visit any time of year.
And, that’s probably why a band of fairies decided to move in during the fall of 2014.
Somewhere around that time, small doors and miniature homesteads began popping up on a certain section of the walking trail. With the human artists who’ve helped install the happy homes remaining anonymous, visitors are invited to wonder at just exactly who calls each one home and exactly how they got there.
The village is made up of a range of fairy homes from a simple door on a tree trunk, to more elaborate dwellings with ladders and swings. Some are awfully low to the ground, which seems more suitable for trolls, and some were well above my head, assuming a winged-creature would have no problem gaining access.
I’ve seen reports that there are 21 total, but I was only able to find 20–which is quite a neighborhood of nymphs! If ‘fairy villages’ is your thing, you’ll definitely want to make the hike out to Lily Dale in the summer months where the sprite population has hundreds of dwellings!