The 10 Best Things to Do in Stuart, United States

December 6, 2017 Tambra Mccollister

Stuart is a town in Patrick County, Virginia, United States, and its county seat. The population was 1,408 at the 2010 census. The town of Stuart was named after Confederate Gen. J.E.B. Stuart, of nearby Ararat, Virginia.
Restaurants in Stuart

1. Chateau Morrisette Winery

291 Winery Rd SW, Floyd, VA 24091-4033 +1 540-593-3647
Excellent
60%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
2%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 374 reviews

Chateau Morrisette Winery

Chateau Morrisette Winery and Restaurant is known for its quality Virginia wines, its scenic location along the Blue Ridge Parkway, its Black Dog Music Festivals and other special events, as well as its top-notch fine dining restaurant. The winery is open 7-days a week in season and Friday through Sunday during the winter months and offers wine tastings for $10 per person. The tasting includes a tour of our winery and a souvenir wine glass. Hours vary by day of the week. The Chateau Restaurant is open in season Wed-Thu 11-2, Fri - Sat 11-9, and Sun 11-4. Weekends only in the winter. Open for lunch everyday in October. Guests may purchase wine by the bottle or glass and spend time relaxing in our courtyard, in a private gazebo, or from our terrace overlooking the scenic New River Valley. Live entertainment is offered every Sunday afternoons, June through October and we invite guests to check our website for the many special events we produce throughout the year.

Reviewed By Corvette87 - Sarasota, Florida

Just off the parkway this is a stunning area of rolling hills beauty. The winery gracefully nestles into it. For many years the tasting was free but alas that has changed and now is 20$. Well worth the time and money. something truly for everyone. The owners are pet people and that warms my heart. Blue dog my favorite.
if you are in area this is simply a must see. For a few years we were unimpressed with restaurant not this year!!! Do have a bite as it was simply wonderful.

2. Mabry Mill

Blue Ridge Pkwy., mi 176, Meadows of Dan, VA +1 276-952-2947
Excellent
71%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 403 reviews

Mabry Mill

Reviewed By Cindy R - Nederland, Texas

Walk through this historic site, makes you appreciate modern technology and appreciate our forefathers hard work and determination.

3. Fairy Stone State Park

967 Fairystone Lake Dr, Stuart, VA 24171-3160
Excellent
59%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 119 reviews

Fairy Stone State Park

Reviewed By lacyayn - Kitty Hawk, North Carolina

We were heading to WV from NC and decided to make a side trip. I had heard of this place my entire life so it was nice to finally get to go. We were a little disappointed though. We paid $5 to basically spend 15 mins inside the park. Not a lot to do if your not staying overnight in a cabin or the campgrounds especially when your not able to swim! The site to hunt for fairy stones is located a few miles down the road and you don't need to enter to go to the gift shop so we basically paid to just drive to the lake, take a pic and leave. Def would like to go back and plan a camping trip with more time to explore. They don't allow shovels or tools when looking for fairy stones which I can understand but it would be nice if they would allow children small beach shovels or sifters to make it a little easier. Otherwise, neat!

4. Reynolds Homestead

463 Homestead Ln, Critz, VA 24082-3044 +1 276-694-7181
Excellent
75%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
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Terrible
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Overall Ratings

5 based on 4 reviews

Reynolds Homestead

The Reynolds Homestead was built in 1843 as the Rock Spring Plantation in Critz, Virginia by Hardin Reynolds a successful farmer, merchant, banker, and tobacco manufacturer. Hardin and Nancy Cox Reynolds' son, Richard Joshua (R.J.), founded the R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, and their grandson, Richard Samuel, Sr., founded Reynolds Metals. The Reynolds Homestead has been designated a State and National Historic Landmark and is listed on the National Registry of American Homes. In 1970, Nancy Susan Reynolds, daughter of R.J., deeded the home and 717 acres to Virginia Tech, and a Community Enrichment Center and Forestry Research Center were established on the property. In addition to tours of the historic home and property, an exciting array of programs are offered at the Community Enrichment Center including art exhibits, music, theater, lectures, art classes, summer camps, family and senior activities and more.

Reviewed By Roger P

We grew up around the R J Reynolds industry in Winston-Salem. This made the visit here all the more interesting. We had Beth for a tour guide. She knew everything about the site and the family. We had several questions after the tour and she answered them all. There are many items in the house that were in the family. Part of the history of Virginia and North Carolina.

5. Bob White Covered Bridge

1028 Elamsville Rd, Woolwine, VA 24171-4199 +1 276-694-8367
Excellent
86%
Good
0%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
0%
Terrible
7%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 13 reviews

Bob White Covered Bridge

Reviewed By Shirley J - Boones Mill, Virginia

This is a real treat for history lovers. Built in 1921,it is 80 ft long. There is a plaque with some explanation. It was built to give access to a church from Rt 8.The church is still there.
It is a jewel for photos,not only the bridge but the Smith River which it crosses. Such a peaceful place! Unfortunately,there is a lot of graffiti on it's walls.
There is a Bridge Festival every year on the 3rd Saturday in June-we plan to be there for the next one!
Just a couple of miles away is another small one--Jack's Creek.

6. Wood Brothers Museum

Stuart, VA +1 276-694-2121
Excellent
80%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
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Poor
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Terrible
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Overall Ratings

5 based on 15 reviews

Wood Brothers Museum

Small museum dedicated to the life and times of the car-racing Wood Brothers.

Reviewed By D2958ZXgarym - King, United States

Anyone who follows stock car racing is familiar with Wood Brothers Racing. Formed in 1953, WBR is NASCAR’s oldest active, continuously-operating team. Over seven decades of competition at the sport’s premier level, Wood Brothers Racing has posted 99 victories. After several years of running a limited schedule, WBR returned to competing for a full season in 2016, thanks in part to a newly-formed alliance with Penske Racing. For the 2018 season, Car # 21 is driven by Paul Menard, replacing Ryan Blaney.

The museum could hardly receive a better endorsement than the comments made by Fox sportscasters Mike Joy and Darrell Waltrip during Blaney’s qualifying attempt for the 2015 spring race at Talladega. Joy informed viewers that “The former Woods Brother’s shop . . . is a treasure trove of the history of the sport. If you’re a Ford fan, I’d say a trip there is every bit the equal of going to the NASCAR Hall of Fame. It’s a wonderful place to visit and just celebrate the history of this family race team that’s been in NASCAR almost since the sport was born.” Waltrip readily concurred, adding that “The line-up of drivers that has driven the # 21 car through the years is a Who’s Who of auto racing.”

The exuberant Waltrip was not guilty of hyperbole. The list of WBR drivers includes NASCAR Hall of Famers Junior Johnson, David Pearson, Ned Jarrett, Cale Yarborough, Dale Jarrett, Curtis Turner, Fred Lorenzen, Joe Weatherly, Bill Elliott, and Fireball Roberts. Such other well-known drivers as Marvin Panch, Neil Bonnett, Donnie Allison, Buddy Baker, Ricky Rudd, and Mark Martin have also driven for the Wood Brothers. More than 70 individuals have taken the wheel for WBR over the years, with 21 of them taking the checkered flag.

The 1963 Daytona 500 ranks among WBR’s signature wins, with “Tiny” Lund behind the wheel of a Ford Galaxie. This victory marked the first Ford victory at Daytona. In 1976, David Pearson, driving for the Wood Brothers, was the sport’s “Triple Crown Winner,” winning that year’s Daytona 500, World 600, and Southern 500. WBR’s most recent win came in 2011. Trevor Bayne surprised NASCAR-nation by winning the “Great American Race” at Daytona. After spending one year on display at the Florida track, Bayne’s # 21 was at the Wood Brothers museum for only two days before being sent to Dearborn, Michigan for exhibit at the Henry Ford Museum.

25-year-old Glen Woods began his career as a driver in 1950. His brother Leonard, 10 years his junior, was his mechanic. The two formed Wood Brothers Racing in 1953. Glen’s sons Eddie and Len assumed operations when their father retired in the late 1980s. Len is the engine specialist and Eddie handles marketing. Glen was inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame in 2012, to be joined by Leonard the following year.

Wood Brothers Racing relocated its garage to Mooresville in 2003, moving to larger facilities in Harrisburg a few years ago. The former shop in Stuart now houses the museum, with a dozen or so race-driven cars complimenting a large assortment of photos, trophies, and memorabilia. Among the cars displayed is a replica of Glen’s “Woodchopper,” a Ford coupe which, thanks to modifications made to the engine, had to be driven from the back seat! Other cars on display include ones driven by Pearson, Rudd, Elliott, and Ryan Blaney. After all these years, Wood Brothers Racing is still very much a family business, and it’s not unusual to see Glen, Leonard, or one of the “boys” spending time at the museum.

7. Nancy's Candy Company

2684 Jeb Stuart Hwy, Meadows of Dan, VA 24120-4107 +1 800-328-3834
Excellent
76%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 90 reviews

Nancy's Candy Company

Reviewed By LT T - Midlothian, Virginia

Swung in here to check out the candies. The shop is in front and large windows allow the back of the shop allow you to see in to the factory and watch candies being made. Very friendly staff. Large unique variety of fudge (my favorite was key lime fudge), chocolate covered nuts and pretzels, truffles and some
Old fashioned candies I haven't seen in years. Many samples available throughout the store. Good place to stop and pick up a sweet gift for your dog sitter.

8. Jack's Creek Covered Bridge

1274 Jacks Creek Road, Woolwine, VA 24185
Excellent
40%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
10%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 10 reviews

Jack's Creek Covered Bridge

Reviewed By Beth B - Ridgeway, Virginia

I ran a race in Woolwine during the annual Covered Bridge Festival in Woolwine just for the opportunity to run across this and another bridge that are two of only five covered bridges that remain in Virginia and aren't on private property. Jack's Creek bridge is short but historically significant. It is worthwhile to swing by and see if you are already in the area but it might not seem worthwhile to travel to see all by itself unless you come during the festival. It is photogenic and it will be worthwhile for those who are interested in the history.

9. Jessup Mill

1565 Collinstown Rd, Westfield, NC 27053-8234 +1 336-462-9537
Excellent
67%
Good
0%
Satisfactory
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Poor
0%
Terrible
33%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 3 reviews

Jessup Mill

Reviewed By Rubystarfish - Burlington, North Carolina

Festival style tent and hammock camping on a shaded grassy lawn behind an old mill where the owners live. They also offer above ground platforms in the woods (very cool). There are hiking trails, one leading to a dam on the Dan River. The path to the dam is nice and surrounded on both sides with rhododendron and mountain laurel. There were chickens running around (a rooster woke us), flowers blooming everywhere and even a pumpkin patch. They have nice individual bath houses with hot water. They have two fire pits, picnic tables, grills, an outdoor sink and a few electrical outlets (for blowing up air mattresses, quick cell charges, though reception is spotty) for anyone to use. There are horse shoes and they sometimes have movies or live music. The entire experience is like camping with friends in a relative’s back yard. We didn't have time but they offer tubing and fishing. It is very close to Hanging Rock State Park and Pilot Mountain State Park and we visited both. I recommend if you don't cook or don't have time to go in to Pilot Mountain and eat at Soppers, great food and just like at Jessup Mill, the staff is beyond friendly and inviting.

10. Stanburn Winery

158 Conner Dr, Stuart, VA 24171-5193 +1 276-694-7074
Excellent
51%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
16%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4 based on 6 reviews

Stanburn Winery

Small Family run Winery,

Reviewed By mike b - Chesterfield, Virginia

The winery is basically an abandoned house, a barn, and a warehouse. Fortunately, I think, the tastings are in the warehouse. Not much to it. The wines were very average, but the staff was friendly enough. Prices were so-so.

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