Fairy Stone State Park,
Fairy Stone State Park is home of the mysterious
"fairy stones." It is one of the six original Virginia state parks to open on
June 15, 1936. The treasured stone so prevalent in the region, beautiful
scenery, rich history and ample recreational opportunities make Fairy Stone
one of the favorites of park visitors. Junius B. Fishburn, who had been
president of the Southwest Virginia Trust Company, donated the 4,868-acre
site, making it the largest of the six original parks and one of the largest
to this day.
The Legend of the Fairy Stone:
Many hundreds of years before Chief Powhatan's reign, fairies were dancing
around a spring of water, playing with naiads and wood nymphs, when an elfin
messenger arrived from a city far away. He brought news of the death of
Christ. When these creatures of the forest heard the story of the crucifixion,
they wept. As their tears fell upon the earth, they crystallized to form
beautiful crosses. When the fairies disappeared from the enchanted place,
ground about the spring and the adjacent valley was strewn with these mementos
of the event.
For many years people held these little crosses in superstitious awe, firm
in the belief that they protected the wearer against witchcraft, sickness,
accidents and disaster. Fairy stones are brown staurolite, a combination of
silica, iron and aluminum. Together, these minerals crystallize in twin form,
accounting for the crosslike structure. Found only in rocks that have been
subjected to great heat and pressure, the stones are most commonly shaped like
St. Andrew's and Roman crosses. The most sought after are those in the shape
of the Maltese cross.
The rare staurolite stones are found elsewhere but not in such abundance and
shaped so nearly like crosses as in the vicinity of Fairy Stone State Park.
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From I-81 near Roanoke, take exit to Route 581 to Route
220 South to Route 57 West to Route 346 North (Fairystone Lake Drive). From
I-77 near Hillsville, take Route 58 East to Route 8 North to Route 57 East to
Route 346 North (Fairystone Lake Drive). From Greensboro, take Route 220 North
to Route 220 North bypass at Martinsville, then Route 57 West to Route 346
North. From Richmond, take Route 360 West to Route 58 West to Route 220 North
Bypass at Martinsville to Route 57 West to Route 346 North.
From I-81 near Roanoke, take exit to Route 581, then Route 220 towards
Martinsville. Route 57 West exits just north of Martinsville. Go to Route 346
North (Fairystone Lake Drive) to the park.
From I-77 near Haysville, VA, take Route 58 east to Route 8 North to Route
57 East to Route 346 North (Fairystone Lake Drive).
From I-40 in Greensboro, take the Route 68-North exit at the Airport. This
runs into 220 North. Take 220 North to the Route 220 North bypass at
Martinsville. Exit to the Fairy Stone State Park Exit on Route 57 West. Take
Route 346 North (Fairystone Lake Drive) to the park.
If you need different directions, please call us evenings...
When you arrive at Fairy Stone State Park, the lodge will be to your left,
immediately before the office.
|From Raleigh, NC||144 mi.||3:17 hr
|From Greensboro, NC||64 mi. ||1:55 hr
|From Asheville, NC||219 mi.||4:16 hr
|From Richmond, VA||210 mi.||4:47 hr
|From Roanoke, VA||47 mi.||1:22 hr
|From Norfolk, VA||2243 mi.||5:16 hr
|From Washington, DC||287 mi.||5:17 hr
|From Columbia, SC||244 mi.||4:32 hr
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Last updated 10/3/05