Friday, March 13, 2009

March 6-8, 2009 - Fairy Stone State Park in Virginia

Beautiful weekend at Fairy Stone State Park in Virginia.
We stayed in Cabin 3 with views of Fairy Stone Lake
View out of Kitchen
Hiking Trails
Search and found Fairy Stones
More Fairy Stones and heart shape rocks.
The Legend of the Fairy Stone: 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.
For many years people held these little crosses in superstitious awe, firm in the belief that they protected the wearer against witchcraft, sickness, accidents and disaster. Fairy stones are staurolite, a combination of silica, iron and aluminum. Staurolite crystallizes at 60 or 90 degree angles, hence the stone's cross-like structure. Found only in rocks once subjected to great heat and pressure, the mineral was formed long, long ago, during the rise of the Appalachian Mountains. The stones are most commonly shaped like St. Andrew’s cross, an "X," but "T" shaped Roman crosses and square Maltese crosses are the most sought-after. The rare staurolite stones are found elsewhere but not in such abundance as at Fairy Stone State Park.

Heart Shape Leaves found on Hiking Trail

1 comment:

Robin said...

What a GREAT weekend you had (including the weather)! We'll be camping there this summer, I can't wait.