Not as prehistoric, but definitely just as strange, the state of Georgia has two “stonehenges” not too far apart that make for an interesting roadtrip.
West of Athens, GA, the Subdivision Stonehenge sits on the side of an access ramp where Heelstone Ave. meets Moina Michael and Atlanta Hwys. Even Roadside America, my go-to source for the bizarre, can’t confirm Subdivision Stonehenge’s origins. But legend has it that this stonehenge was built in the 1990s for a now defunct subdivision in another location named “Stonehenge”. Recreating the actual Stonehenge for the entrance to the subdivision was an obvious choice for the developers. But when that subdivision failed, the stonehenge was moved to its present location “for its own safety,” whatever that means. Now the ruins are just a circle of rocks with fading paint and the word “Stonehenge” written across the top, inexplicably guarding the entrance to another neighborhood.
The Georgia Guidestones
What’s a stonehenge without a conspiracy theory? In the 1970s, a mysterious stranger going by the name of R.C. Christian approached the tiny town of Nuberg, GA with a model of his stonehenge in a shoe box, $50,000, and detailed instructions. He left the money in a local bank, gave the citizens of the town his instructions, and vanished without a trace. Following his instructions, the people of Nuberg erected The Georgia Guidestones in 1980 on the highest point in the county, an elevation of 750 feet, using granite quarried from Elberton, the “Granite Memorial Capital Of The World.”
The top stone is carved on the four sides in Egyptian Hieroglyphics, Classical Greek, Sanskrit, and Babylonian Cuneiform, the inscription reading: “Let these be Guidestones to an Age of Reason.” On the four upright slabs are “Ten Commandments” for the coming “Age of Reason” written in eight different languages. The guidestones offer some questionable guidance, depending on how you interpret them, which make them great fodder for conspiracy theorists. The monument is also supposed to have a time capsule, but the dates are blank and who really knows if anything is buried there?
The Georgia Guidestones also have some interesting astronomical features, including an angled hole through which you can find the North Star, a horizontal slot that indicates the annual travel of the sun, and a sunbeam channel through the capstone that marks noontime throughout the year.
Who knew you could do so much with a pile of rocks?
Have you found any interesting American Stonehenges in your state? Tell me about it in the comments!