We stopped in to visitCivilian Conservation Corps(CCC) cabins there and wanted to get a closer look. We had forgotten that so many are waterfront or waterview!
If you book any of these online or call to reserve them, you can ask them which cabins are waterfront.
Original built to last CCC Cabins at Fairy Stone State Park (photo taken June 26, 2011)
Waterfront Cabins constructed by the CCC
"Carpooling" to work at Fairy Stone State Park (photo taken mid to late 1930's)
Learn more about the cabins at Fairy Stone State Park here.
Fairy Stone State Park, the largest of Virginia's six original state parks, is home to its namesake "fairy stones." These rare mineral crosses and the park's scenic beauty, rich history and ample recreational opportunities make it a local and regional favorite.
Since we are celebrating75 years of Virginia State Parksallow me to share a bit of history on Fairy Stone State Park:
In the late 1920s various groups across the commonwealth began working towards the establishment of state parks in Virginia. It wasn't until 1933, however, with the establishment of theCivilian Conservation Corps(CCC)that the state was able to begin building such a system. At that time, six areas were acquired, including Fairy Stone. Roanoke newspaper publisher Julius B. Fishburn donated the 4,639-acre site, making it the largest of the six original parks and one of the largest to this day.
The CCC provided the labor and materials for the construction of the park from 1933 until the CCC camp was removed in the spring of 1941. Roads, trails, picnic areas, cabins, a restaurant, bathhouse, dam and sanitation system are all part of the original CCC construction. Their handiwork is still evident in the park's log cabins.
Fairy Stone is4,537 acres, and has a 168-acre lake adjoining the Philpott Reservoir.
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We hope you have the oppotunity to visitFairy Stone State Parksoon, don't wait for the weekend, go out any day of the week – the beach is open and a terrific place to cool off! Beach admission is free to overnight guests!
Where is this fantastic park?
Fairy Stone State Park, 967 Fairystone Lake Drive, Stuart, VA 24171-9588; Phone: (276) 930-2424; Email:Click herefor a Google map (just 30 minutes West of Martinsville VA).
Check availability or book your cabin online here, or call1-800-933-PARK
Virginia State Park Fees and Seasons. Rental rates for cabins and camping vary by season, offering and park. Rates are subject to verification by DCR's state parks reservations staff (1-800-933-PARK).
Update: Just as I wrote this blog article I saw an article in the Washington Post Travel section about Fairy Stone State Park titled "Escapes: Searching for stones and serenity in Virginia’s Fairy Stone State Park" by Ann Cameron Siegal. Click here to read this story with photos!