Shangri-La Stone Village.

Shangri-La Stone Village

Field review by the editors.

Prospect Hill, North Carolina

Henry L. Warren was a retired tobacco farmer in 1968 when he began building leprechaun-size buildings in his side yard. He called it Shangri-La, and by the time he died nine years later (at age 84) the miniature town had 27 structures.

Henry built solid, using rock he blasted from his own property. Shangri-La has a gym, bank, library, gas station, theater, and hotel. Henry reportedly worked on his tiny town from dawn to dusk, day after day, and at the same time used his considerable energy to incorporate 11,000 arrowheads into the walkways of his home. His wife once told us: "As long as he had a cigarette and a Coca-Cola, he'd keep building."

A sign in front of Henry's house reads, "Let me live in a house by the side of the road and be a friend to man." He died while working on Shangri-La's hospital.

Shangri-La Stone Village

Address:
Old NC-86, Prospect Hill, NC
Directions:
On Old NC-86 between Prospect Hill and Hightowers, and actually closer to Hightowers. Old NC-86 wanders west of the current Hwy 86 for about a mile between NC-1004 (John Oakley Rd) and NC-1774. The village is just before Henry Warren Rd. If you pass John Oakley Rd, you have gone too far.
Phone:
336-694-6106
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