Saturday, August 4, 2012

Virginia official impressed with first visit to Fairy Stone

Fairy Stone State Park is just a stone's throw from The Claiborne House Bed and Breakfast. It is adjacent to Philpott Lake and on the Henry County side. 
We love this state park, from the little swimming beach to hunting the "Fairy Stones" which are rare mineral crosses.  We have had guests go to Fairy Stone State Park in search of these stones, and come back with a few!
Fairy Stones
CCC enroute to build Fairy Stone State Park
The swimming beach at Fairy Stone State Park
This article was in the Martinsville Bulletin today. Fairy Stone State Park is one of the original CCC built state parks in Virginia that all opened on the same day 76 years ago!

Article excerpt here from the Martinsville Bulletib:

By MICKEY POWELL - Bulletin Staff Writer
Two and a half years after being appointed Virginia’s secretary of natural resources, Doug Domenech on Thursday made his first visit to Fairy Stone State Park in Patrick County.
He was impressed.
“It’s a beautiful place,” said Domenech. “It has a different feel than a lot of the other parks. It is very serene.”
“It has a historic feel to it,” he said, and in terms of how employees take care of the park, “the upkeep of the facilities really is awesome.”
Domenech and his deputy, Anthony Moore, visited Fairy Stone as part of a tour of southwest Virginia’s state parks to learn more about them. Although he has been the natural resources secretary since January 2010, he had not visited Fairy Stone due to other job commitments, he indicated.
Covering 4,639 acres, Fairy Stone is the largest of Virginia’s six original state parks. It is now the second largest of the state’s 35 parks.
It was built during the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps, which developed the lake, cabins and other structures still in use today. the rest of the story here.