If the lake at Fairystone State Park could talk, it would have quite a few stories to tell. What now exists as Fairystone Lake was once the site of a town called Fayerdale, also known as Iron Furnace. This once-bustling mining town was a tight-knit community; however, because of declining conditions, it was eventually abandoned. The formation of Fairystone State Park meant flooding the abandoned town and creating Fairystone Lake. Visit the park today, and you’ll still see some remaining clues about what once existed deep beneath the water. Continue reading and you’ll agree that the history is equal parts tragic, haunting, and fascinating.

Have you ever heard of Fayerdale or do you have any family members that once lived there? If so, feel free to share your stories with us in the comments below – we’d love to hear from you! For related content, check out these small towns in Virginia where huge things happened.

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