Although it didn’t have any working mines, Stithians is included in the Mining Villages because it was vital to that industry’s growth providing gunpowder and safety fuses at the Kennall Vale works. Stithians was also famed for its granite quarries which supported mining activity and produced skills used in mining as well as the material for many famous buildings and monuments.
Agriculture has the greatest impact on the local landscape and continues to play an important role. Stithians Agricultural Show which started over 175 years ago, is perhaps the largest one day agricultural show in the country.
The parish church of St Stythians dates back to the 12th century and is well worth a visit. There is also a prominent Methodist church just outside the village at Penmennor as well as several disused chapels. Other notable landmarks include Stithians reservoir and watersports centre and Rosemanowes Quarry where the first geothermal energy development project took place. Stithians is also the home of Cornish yarg cheese – a semi hard cheese wrapped in nettles.