Cairns at Foxfire Mountain

A Scots-Irish Tradition

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When walking around Foxfire Mountain and Prosperity Mountain you may see rocks piled on top of each other at various places. These artistically balanced stones are called “Cairns” and they too have a history dating back to those same Scots-Irish who settled these mountains.
The stacked stone custom originated in Scotland where it is traditional to carry a stone from the bottom of a hill to place on the cairn at the top of the hill or at the base of a spectacular waterfall.
There is an old Gaelic blessing that goes:

‘Cuiridh miclach air do chàrn’
‘I’ll put a stone on your cairn’

This was a way of wishing someone health, wealth and prosperity.
At the end of America’s Bridge to Prosperity there are many stones perfect for building cairns. You may build one at the base of Prosperity Mountain or you may pick a stone to carry to the cairn at the base of Lost Mine Falls (about a half mile hike).

 

Burke
April 2, 2017

 

 

The Hensley Family
(David, Leslie, Devin, Addison)
March 25, 2017

 

 

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Shae Stewart
Sept. 29, 2016

Stacked Cairns

Cheryl
Springfield, MO
August 1, 2016

Cross and Cairn

Travis
Springfield, MO
August 1, 2016

Frank and Lana June 10, 2014

Frank and Lana
June 10, 2014

Frank and Lana June 10, 2014

Frank and Lana
June 10, 2014

 

June 6, 2014 -Lyn Gentry

June 6, 2014
-Lyn Gentry

 

June 8, 2014 This is Alex, she is an awesome chick and did an amazing job on our Aerial Course! -Donna Lowrie

June 8, 2014
This is Alex, she is an awesome chick and did an amazing job on our Aerial Course!
-Donna Lowrie

 

June 8, 2014 -Nikki Grover

June 8, 2014
-Nikki Grover

 

June 8, 2014 -unknown guest

June 8, 2014
-unknown guest