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Near Dodson in Patrick County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Fairy Stone State Park

 
 
Fairy Stone State Park Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, May 27, 2013
1. Fairy Stone State Park Marker
Inscription. Roanoke newspaper publisher Junius B. Fishburn donated the land to create Fairy Stone State Park. It is named for the cross-shaped crystals found in the region, which according to legend were formed from the tears of fairies. The National Park Service and the Civilian Conservation Corps, in conjunction with the Virginia Conservation Comission, developed the park. Construction began in 1933 and the park was opened on 15 June 1936. It was one of the first six state parks opened in Virginia, covering close to 5,000 acres, and is one of the largest.
 
Erected 2000 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number AS-1.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Civilian Conservation Corps marker series.
 
Location. 36° 47.923′ N, 80° 7.01′ W. Marker is near Dodson, Virginia, in Patrick County. Marker is at the intersection of Union Bridge Road (County Route 623) and Fairystone Lake Drive (Virginia Route 346), on the left when traveling north on Union Bridge Road. Touch for map. It is at the Stuart’s Knob Trail Head parking lot. Marker is in this post office area: Stuart VA 24171, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 14 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Colonel Abram Penn
Fairy Stone State Park Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, May 27, 2013
2. Fairy Stone State Park Marker
(approx. 8.2 miles away); Blue Ridge Mission School (approx. 8˝ miles away); Franklin County / Henry County (approx. 10.3 miles away); Fort Trial (approx. 10.7 miles away); The Reynolds Homestead (approx. 10.9 miles away); Waller's Ford (approx. 12.1 miles away); Floyd (approx. 13.7 miles away); Stuart (approx. 13.7 miles away).
 
More about this marker. Marker faces the road instead of being perpendicular to the road, so it is difficult to spot it from the distance.

It replaced a marker from before 1941 with the same title and number that read, “This park was developed by the National Park Service, Interior Department, through the Civilian Conservation Corps, in conjunction with the Virginia Conservation Commission. It covers 5,000 acres and was opened, June 15, 1936. It takes its name from the fairy, or lucky, stones found everywhere in this area.”
 
Also see . . .  Fairy Stone Crosses. The caption on the postcard reproduced in Image No. 3 summarizes the legend of the miniature stone crosses that can be found
Fairy Stone State Park, Virginia—83 image. Click for full size.
By Virginia Conservation Commission, circa 1935
3. Fairy Stone State Park, Virginia—83
This unmailed linen postcard “made in U. S. A. by E. C. Kropp Co., Milwaukee, Wis.” is numbered 31549N. The caption reads, “The park’s name has a beautiful legend: ‘Many many years ago fairies danced here. One day came the sad tidings of he death of Christ. The fairies wept and their tears fell to earth and crystallized into tiny crosses.’ Today these small crosses of stone may be found here.
around the park. This web page shows some samples and explains that “natural staurolite crystals that normally form just a bar-shaped crystal sometimes fuse together into crosses ... The crosses formed are these three styles: Roman Cross, St Andrews, and Maltese. ... Buy one and have good luck always ... Fairy stones are brown staurolite a combination of silica, iron and aluminum (and dots of real garnet). ... Rare staurolite stones are found elsewhere, such as Russia or France, but not in such abundance and not shaped so nearly like crosses as those in the vicinity of Fairy Stone State Park.” (Submitted on September 30, 2014.) 
 
Categories. Environment
 
Fairy Stone State Park Beach at Fairy Stone Lake image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, May 27, 2013
4. Fairy Stone State Park Beach at Fairy Stone Lake
N234:–A Scene in Fairy Stone State Park, Patrick County, in Southwestern Virginia image. Click for full size.
By Virginia Conservation Commission, circa 1935
5. N234:–A Scene in Fairy Stone State Park, Patrick County, in Southwestern Virginia
This linen postcard, mailed in 1942, was published by the Asheville (North Carolina) Post Card Co. and numbered 44658. The caption on the back reads, “Fairy Stone State Park in Patrick County, Va., is operated by the Virginia Conservation Commission at Richmond. The park has a 168-acre lake well-stocked with game fish, and boating and fishing are among the popular sports here. Cabins are available for vacations of one or two weeks. ”
Stuart's Knob Trail System Trailhead image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, May 27, 2013
6. Stuart's Knob Trail System Trailhead
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 10, 2013, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 529 times since then and 45 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 10, 2013, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia.   3. submitted on September 30, 2014, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia.   4. submitted on June 10, 2013, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia.   5. submitted on September 30, 2014, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia.   6. submitted on June 10, 2013, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia.
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