January 4th, 2018
Fog rises over Stonewall Jackson Lake in Roanoke, West Virginia (Lewis County). The Lake was a flood control project for The United States Army Corps of Engineers. Stonewall Lake is home to a popular resort that was created by the joined efforts of the State and a private developer. The joined effort project was the first one in the Nation and turned into a profitable resource called Stonewall Resort. However, it wasn't the fine dining and accommodations that won me. It was the views, the community, and the history.
Every morning I woke to a new color in the sky, a new animal scurrying by, and a fresh feeling that every day would offer a different opportunity to capture a nice photo and learn a little more. On Stonewall State Park approximately 150 cairns have been discovered. Cairns are structures possibly built by Native Americans. A photo below shows the cairns which look like stacked rocks. They are found worldwide but their actual purpose is still unknown.
The Resort and Lake are named after Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson, a General during the American Civil War. 60 feet under the lake is the former town of Roanoke. You can go on a Dam tour, check out the Wildlife Display, or fish. It's an area with unlimited recreational opportunities. There is more information that could ever be touched upon in one story, it's a beautiful lake surrounded in culture with room to explore!
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