Fairy Stone State Park

Fairy Stone State Park, located in Patrick County, Virginia, is the largest of the original six state parks that opened on June 15, 1936, and is home to the mysterious "fairy stones", or staurolite. The stone, prevalent in the region, may have the St. Andrew's or Roman shape.[4][5]

Fairy Stone State Park
IUCN category V (protected landscape/seascape)
The park's visitor center
Location of Fairy Stone State Park
Fairy Stone State Park (the United States)
LocationPatrick County, Virginia, USA
Coordinates36°47′5″N 80°5′46″W
Area4,741 acres (1,919 ha)[1]
EstablishedJune 15, 1936 (1936-06-15)
Governing bodyVirginia Department of Conservation and Recreation
Fairy Stone State Park Historic District
A cabin in the park in winter
Location967 Fairystone Lake Dr., Stuart, Virginia
Area4,868.6 acres (1,970.3 ha)
Built1933 (1933)
ArchitectMyers, E.L. Jr.; et al.
Architectural styleLate 19th And Early 20th Century American Movements, Modern Movement
NRHP reference #07000338[2]
VLR #070-0057
Significant dates
Added to NRHPApril 10, 2007
Designated VLRJune 8, 2006[3]

The park's land was donated in 1933 by Junius B. Fishburn, former president of the Southwest Virginia Trust Co. and former owner of the Roanoke Times. The park is 4,741 acres (19.19 km2),[1] making it the largest of the six original parks and one of the largest to this day. Some of the park's features, including its lake and many structures still in use, were built by the Civilian Conservation Corps.


  1. "Fairy Stone State Park".
  2. "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  3. "Virginia Landmarks Register". Virginia Department of Historic Resources. Archived from the original on 21 September 2013. Retrieved 5 June 2013.
  4. Hagemann, James A. (1988). The Heritage of Virginia. The Donning Company, 2nd edition, 297 p. ISBN 0-89865-255-3.
  5. Moore, C.H. Jr., 1937. The staurolite area of Patrick and Henry counties, Virginia. The American Mineralogist 22(9), 990−996.

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