Mysterious Rocks Of Ages At Stonewall
While exploring the wooded acreage at Stonewall Resort State Park for possible trail locations, superintendent Sam England discovered several rock structures scattered throughout the property.
Consisting of walls, piles, and rectangular formations known as "cairns", England decided to make the structures more accessible to park visitors, the result was the Carins Trial which is now open for exploration. But just who built them? Several theories have been presented -- from early settlers, to Civil War soldiers, to American Indians, to natural formation, but the official word from the state Historical Preservation Office is that their origin is "undetermined".
Over 200 cairns have been discovered and mapped, they range from knee-high mounds the size of coffee tables to walls almost 300 feet long. Sam encourages anyone to come and see them for themselves, but asks that people respect them as significant historical structures.."take only pictures, and leave only footprints." says England.
FOR MORE INFORMATIONStonewall Resort State Park
Person Interviewed: Sam England
Date: Year round
Location: Lewis County, West Virginia
Address: 149 State Park Trail, Roanoke, WV 26447
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