There is something about covered bridges that brings to mind the sound of hoofbeats echoing off the walls of the enclosed structure.
At times in those days gone by, the sounds would cease midway across the water as the horse pulled its two-passenger buggy through the structure.
From the Bob White covered bridge, we drove another 20 miles to Fairy Stone State Park, the largest of Virginia's six original state parks.
The park’s services were limited to the gift shop, since we were about 10 days ahead of the Memorial Day weekend opening. A short
“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
At the Gift Shop, we saw many examples of the “raw” stones. They ran the gamut of rocks the size of your thumb nail—some with no signs of the distinctive angles and others with portions protruding from the small rocks. When polished, the rocks look like those in the photo above.