If you’ve always dreamed of seeing Stonehenge, you may not need to make the trip to the U.K. after all! Just 15 minutes away from Lake Hartwell, off of Guidestone Road in Elberton, Georgia, lies a mysterious monument.
Weighing in at over 235,000 pounds, five slabs of pure granite stand 19 feet tall and are topped by a granite capstone. They are astronomically aligned to mark the limits of the lunar declination cycle.
A sixth slab of granite sits nearby with notes and history about the meaning and creation of the stones. Keep reading to learn more about the history and mystery that surrounds this unique tourist attraction.
Georgia Guidestones Text
Hailed as the “American Stonehenge”, these Guidestones have a unique and perplexing history. The mysterious text on the Guidestones claims that the purpose of the monument is to provide 10 guidelines to bring the world into an Age of Reason.
The arrangement of the monument has four of the slabs surrounding the center slab. The peripheral slabs have the 10 guidelines printed in 8 different languages: English, Russian, Chinese, Swahili, Hebrew, Arabic, Hindi, and Spanish.
In English, these guidelines are:
1. Maintain humanity under 500,000,000 in perpetual balance with nature.
2. Guide reproduction wisely – improving fitness and diversity.
3. Unite humanity with a living new language.
4. Rule passion – faith – tradition – and all things with tempered reason.
5. Protect people and nations with fair laws and just courts.
6. Let all nations rule internally resolving external disputes in a world court.
7. Avoid petty laws and useless officials.
8. Balance personal rights with social duties.
9. Prize truth – beauty – love – seeking harmony with the infinite.
10. Be not a cancer on the earth – Leave room for nature – Leave room for nature.
Along with the declarations, the monument also has astronomical features. Carved into the middle slab of granite is written:
1. Channel through stone indicates celestial pole
2. Horizontal slot indicates annual travel of sun
3. Sunbeam through capstone marks noontime throughout the year
Mystery surrounds the Georgia Guidestones
The monument is twice as tall as Stonehenge and took nearly a quarter-million pounds of granite to make. The story goes that a man named R. C. Christian went to a granite company asking for a quote to make them.
The company gave a ridiculous price, thinking that he wasn’t serious. Undaunted, R. C. Christian paid their asking price, and the stones were done a year later.
The mysterious part?
No one knows who R. C. Christian is. All of the documents connected to this purchase were destroyed after it was built, and the sponsors of the monument have remained anonymous since it’s erection in 1980.
On the center stone is a message saying that a time capsule is buried under the area. However, it doesn’t give a date for the time capsule’s burial, when it is to be opened, or give much clue as to what lies inside.
It has been said that this monument stands to give moral and physical direction to humans after an apocalyptic event, so perhaps the capsule holds survival gear!
What You Need to Know
The Guidestones are located south of Hartwell and north of Elberton, along route 77. Why should you go visit this one of a kind location? For one thing, it’s a free activity near the lake, but it’s also just one of those crazy weird things you need to see to believe.
Before you go, be aware:
There is speculation that these Guidestones were purchased by a secret society, such as the Freemasons or Rosicrucians. Due to this and their apparent proclamation for eugenics and genocide, the monument is a point for continual controversy. It is often defaced and vandalized.
The tourist information can be found here. There is free parking and self-guided tours. There is free admission and the monument is open all day, year-round.