Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail
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Site MBR05: Major General J.E.B. Stuart C.S.A. Birthplace
Elevation: 1218 ft. "I might have rambled the dear old hills of Patrick amid all the pleasures of a mountain home for a lifetime" J.E.B. Stuart, 1853 The rolling fields, scattered woodlots and bubbling stream of this 75-acre property are where the Confederate Major General James Ewell Brown (J.E.B.) Stuart was born and spent his boyhood. Since 1990, the property has been under the control of the J.E.B. Stuart Birthplace Trust, Inc., which was formed to preserve and interpret the General's childhood home. The Trust has created a self-guided walking trail. This trail highlights the historical sites on the property including the former house site, several cemeteries and historical markers in addition to leading the visitor to a small waterfall and the Ararat River. This diversity of habitats provide for a variety of birds. The open fields at the center of the property are home to eastern meadowlark, eastern kingbird, indigo bunting and chipping sparrow, while the woods hold blue jay, Carolina chickadee, tufted titmouse and Carolina wren.
From Devil's Den, return to US 52 and its intersection with the Blue Ridge Parkway. Turn right and travel east on the Blue Ridge Parkway for 13.0 miles to Rt. 631; turn right and go less than 0.1 miles to Rt. 608 (caution: there are several connections with Rt. 608, all of which have small signs). Turn left and continue south on Rt. 608 for 1.7 miles to Rt. 638. Turn right, traveling southeast on Rt. 638. After less than 0.1 miles, Rt. 638 will intersect with Rt. 614. Turn right onto Rt. 614 and follow it for 5.4 miles to Rt. 773. Turn right and continue 6.4 miles to the entrance on the right.