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Shangri-La Stone Village.
Shangri-La Stone Village, 2020.

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 of cancer while working on Shangri-La's hospital.

Shangri-La Stone Village

11535 NC-86, Prospect Hill, NC
Four miles north of Prospect Hill, on the east side of NC-86. Turn at the fire station, then a quick left to get to the Stone Village.
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