My Uncle Harry was an amateur gemologist, and it was through him, my Aunt Mary, and my cousin, Paula, that I gained an appreciation for the, what I would call, “sport” (though I’m sure there are those who would rightfully argue that it is, indeed, a science). For me, it was definitely more of a scavenger hunt. What seemed like every weekend, we would pile into their RV and roam the Southeast in search of fascinating rock and mineral formations.
Fairy Stone State Park
If they ever ventured to Fairy Stone State Park in Stuart, Virginia, I wasn’t along. I surely would have remembered the whimsical name taken for its mystical gems − rare staurolite stones commonly shaped like St. Andrew’s cross (an “X”), as well as the more highly sought-after “T”-shaped Roman and square Maltese crosses. Nowhere are these prized stones found in such abundance as Patrick County’s Fairy Stone State Park.
The Legend of Fairy Stone
What you might not know is that “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“.
And that, my friends, is the Legend of the Fairy Stone according to the Department of Conservation and Recreation’s Virginia State Parks website.
Patrick County Community Day at Heartwood, Friday, June 22
Come learn more about what this gem of a place has to offer directly from the good folks of Fairy Stone State Park. They’ll be at Heartwood this Friday to tell you more and answer questions. I’ll bet they can even help you plan a visit. Which is exactly what I’m going to do.
Have you ever been to Fairy Stone State Park? Tell us what you like best about this 4,639-acre natural wonderland located in scenic Patrick County, Virginia.
Karen Quina-Doyle | Marketing Director | Southwest Virginia Cultural Heritage Foundation