Stonewall Resort and Stonewall Jackson Lake State Park
Backstory and Context
The United States Army Corps of Engineers partnered with the state to build the lake and later worked with private developers to create the resort. After years of controversy that included Lewis County residents such as Barbara Heavner challenge eminent domain in an attempt to keep her home, the residents of the land that is now part of the state park were forced to accept payment for their property. In 1990, the original recreational area was completed and included a campground, marina, several multi-purpose buildings, and park offices. This lake is one of thirty lakes created by the Army Corps of Engineers in central Appalachia, most of which included the use of eminent domain to acquire the property from local families.
The resort was named after Confederate General Thomas E. “Stonewall” Jackson, a native of Lewis County. While the former professor was considered to be one of the most gifted tacticians of the 19th century, his support of the Confederacy has led to discussions about choosing a different name that better reflects West Virginia's unique history.
In addition to the lodge and cabins, the park offers primitive campsites as well as campgrounds for recreational vehicles. The resort includes an indoor/outdoor pool while the lake offers activities such as fishing and kayaking and the park offers geocaching, sixteen miles of hiking trails, and the Arnold Palmer Signature Golf Course.
The park also includes a compelling archaeological history and over 150 cairns believed to have been built by Native peoples have been discovered within the grounds of Stonewall State Park.