Monday, September 7, 2009

Elbert County "Stonehenge"

You see the strangest things in the middle of nowhere.

Recently, I met my daughter Shana in Elberton, Georgia, to see the famed Georgia Guidestones, or so-called "Stonehenge" of Elbert County. It was equidistant from Augusta and Atlanta, so a perfect place for an American outing.

The Guidestones, it turns out, are quite controversial. Located in the middle of farmfield, seven miles north of town, they consist of five 16-foot upright granite slabs, one in the middle (20,957 lbs.) and four radiating like spokes (42,437 lbs. each), and a capstone. They are arranged in a circle, like Stonehenge. Different slots and holes in the stones mark various celestial events like solstices and so on.

Unlike Stonehenge, however, the four upright spoke-slabs, "Guides to the Age of Reason," are etched in four-inch letters in English, Spanish, Russian, Hebrew, Hindi, Chinese, and Swahili with ten messages to guide mankind, like "Balance personal rights and social duties," "Prize truth, beauty, love, seeking harmony with the infinite," "Be not a cancer on the earth, leave room for nature," and "Let all nations rule internally, resolving external disputes in a world court." You can see them all HERE.

The capstone says, "Let these be Guidestones to an Age of Reason" in Egyptian hieroglyphics, Sanskrit, Babylonian cuneiform, and classical Greek. Hmmm.

Unlike Stonehenge, also, these are not at all old. They were dedicated in 1980. An anonymous person, calling him/herself R.C. Christian, commissioned them to be built here, close to the Granite Capital of the World, Elberton, and at the highest point in the county. No one has been able to discover the builder(s) of the Guidestones.

Unfortunately, there is quite a bit of vandalism/graffitti on the stones. Most of it seems to be done by Christians calling for God to destroy the monument, some by other calling for the destruction of the Christians. And the English slab has some brown sticky stuff thrown all over it. Too bad. This reminds me of the Egyptian temples, like Karnak, with the huge carven pillars. There, too, Christians had defaced the monuments by destroying the faces, feet, and hands of the figures. Some things never change.


  1. It's a shame that people mess up things like that with graffiti; they must be idiots. It sounds like something L Ron Hubbard would do, but it also sounds like something anyone would do. It sounds so Brave New World-ish too. Thanks. I was not aware that this existed. (Sandra)

  2. That is really, really interesting! (Alison)