Tiny Villages along West Side Road

Photo by John Dustrude

In the SJ Update mailbag today we have this letter from Louise Dustrude…

Are the miniature villages on rocks along West Side Road proliferating, or have there always been half a dozen or more? I’ve been enjoying one of them for several months, and perhaps it’s been there for years. It’s not on my daily rounds, so it was only this week that I saw a second grouping, and then yesterday I saw several.

Those who live out there, or who drive that road frequently could tell us how long they’ve been gracing the moss-covered rocks there. Someone has a whimsical mind set, and maybe there are several “someones.” Public art, or pop-up art — it adds joy to the mundane. And I for one treasure it.

Photo by John Dustrude

Posted on March 16, 2021 at 4:45 am by

Categories: Around Here


  1. We first noticed them in April 2020, and assumed someone with a sense of humor was midst spring-cleaning during the first Covid-19 lockdown. A number of single pieces were placed along both sides the road, too…for a quarter-mile. Like an Easter egg hunt each time driving the stretch. This year noticed fewer pieces, so assume some were collected as “souvenirs.”.

    Comment by Mitchell Bay Folk on March 16, 2021 at 9:31 am
  2. I have watched them for some years now Louise, and always as you head out from Lime Kiln further west always on the left; and yes, last week I noticed a new batch on the right; I think someone (fairies/elves) are proliferating, yay! I agree, a very welcome smile and playfulness it creates. I have my suspicions of whom it could be, but not sure; I like the idea of several contributing and carrying it on.

    Comment by Pam C Fry on March 16, 2021 at 2:45 pm
  3. They have been there for years! Some years there are more than others and some years they move from place to place. I and my friends watch for them. This year the villages have really grown! I just love our Island whimsy!

    Comment by Margaret Bell on March 17, 2021 at 7:16 am
  4. How nice NOT to know who is doing this. Giving Joy is so wonderful and so “like” this community. Someone was leaving beautiful painted rocks around town with positive says on them last year. I took one and look at it often. Thanks–whoever you are

    Comment by Janet Wright on March 17, 2021 at 7:22 am

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