You have a county named Patrick settled by Scotch-Irish, a legend involving nymphs, fairies and lucky stones – perhaps Fairy Stone State Park is the epicenter for the Luck of the Irish in Virginia if not the entire country!
A variety of fairy stones collected at the park
If you are the jaded sort who has lost their inner child and just grumbled about "legend nonsense," let me assure you that the fairy stones are indeed real. Scientifically they are brown staurolite, a combination of silica, iron, and aluminum. Together these minerals crystallize in twin form creating a cross-shaped formation. They are found only in rocks that have been subject to great heat and pressure such as was found millions of years ago in the geological history of the formation of the Allegheny Mountains.
You can almost see the nymphs and fairies in this magical photo
While various formations of fairy stones may be found around the world, nowhere are they more perfectly cross-shaped or abundant that in the area in and around Virginia’s Fairy Stone State Park near the town of Bassett.
Instead of writing out the legend here, check out this video from Martinsville-Henry County Tourism and listed to Park Ranger Charlene Goad tell you the story and show you how to hunt for these special stones.