Midgetville is probably the most legendary place in all of Weird NJ lore. It is a place most fans of the magazine have heard of, and everybody wants to visit. Many claim to have actually seen midgets (FYI: they prefer the term dwarf). There have been stories of midgetville long before weird NJ wrote about them, but as is to be expected when a magazine with their readership does an article on the subject and tells people where it is, the problems grew exponentially as a result. One local resident I spoke to said that they problems but they were managed until Weird NJ published the article. What kind of trouble? People driving thru the street honking their horn at 2AM and screaming “Come out of your houses you midgets!” Vandalism, theft and public disturbances are frequent occurrences. These problems would explain this sign that is prominently mounted in one alleged midgetville area…
So where is midgetville supposed to be? The mostg famous one is in Totowa, but people have suspected small enclaves of homes in Edgewater and Waldwick too. The ones in Waldwick are long gone, replaced by ugly mcmansions. I have visited both the Edgewater and Totowa locations. yes, the houses are small, built as summer vacation homes decades ago. As north jersey has become over developed these homes which once only housed people in the summer are now regular full time residences.
The origin of midgetville stems from the fact that John Ringling (original owners of Ringling Brothers circus) had a home just north of Fort Lee as well in Jefferson Twp. There were actual dwarves that performed in his circus and there were homes specially built for them right nearby. Do these tiny sized homes still exist? probably not. If they do exist, do midgets live in them? Probably not. Are the small villages in Edgewater and Totowa home to midgets?
I normally don’t try to burst anyone’s bubble when it comes to urban legends, but this is one exception. There are no midgets in Edgewater. There are no midgets in Totowa. If you go there and act like an asshole at 3AM you will be arrested. Don’t go there. Leave these poor folks alone.