Fairy Stone State Park

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Fairy Stone State Park
IUCN category V (protected landscape/seascape)
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The park's visitor center
Map showing the location of Fairy Stone State Park
Map showing the location of Fairy Stone State Park
Location of Fairy Stone State Park
Location Virginia, USA
Coordinates 36°47′5″N 80°5′46″W / 36.78472°N 80.09611°W / 36.78472; -80.09611Coordinates: 36°47′5″N 80°5′46″W / 36.78472°N 80.09611°W / 36.78472; -80.09611
Area 4,537 acres (18.36 km2)
Governing body

Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation

Fairy Stone State Park Historic District
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A cabin in the park in winter
Location 967 Fairystone Lake Dr., Stuart, Virginia
Area 4,868.6 acres (1,970.3 ha)
Built 1933 (1933)
Architectural style Late 19th And Early 20th Century American Movements, Modern Movement
NRHP Reference # 07000338[1]
VLR # 070-0057
Significant dates
Added to NRHP April 10, 2007
Designated VLR June 8, 2006[2]

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.[3][4]

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 4,868 acres (19.70 km2), making it the largest of the six original parks and one of the largest to this day. The park features beautiful scenery, rich history and ample recreational opportunities. Its lake and many structures still in use were built by the Civilian Conservation Corps.


  1. ^ Staff (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ "Virginia Landmarks Register". Virginia Department of Historic Resources. Retrieved 5 June 2013. 
  3. ^ Hagemann, James A. (1988). The Heritage of Virginia. The Donning Company, 2nd edition, 297 p. ISBN 0-89865-255-3.
  4. ^ 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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