Georgia’s Stonehenge (307th new thing).
April 13, 2012 § 1 Comment
There is a mystery found deep in North Georgia. It stands a whopping 19 feet high on a small hill in a rural section of the Granite Capital of the World, Elberton County. The Georgia Guidestones are a series of towering granite slabs etched with a series of guidelines for humankind. In 1979 a man under the pseudonym “R.C. Christian” visited a local granite supplier to hire them to build this monument. After visiting Elberton’s banker (the only person to whom he revealed his true identity), he purchased a small plot of land just outside town on which to build the structure. The Guidestones were unveiled in March 1980 to a crowd of a hundred curiosity seekers. Ten guidelines are etched in the face of each vertical piece of rock, in eight different languages. The most controversial and ominous is the one listed at the top of the list. “Maintain humanity under 500,000,000 in perpetual balance with nature.” With over six billion people living on this planet, five hundred million seems like a pretty low number. These tenants are referred to by Guidestone naysayers as “The 10 Commandments of the Anti-Christ.”
Patrick and I had first heard about the Guidestones a couple years ago, but Day Three Hundred Seven was the first time we were able to see the “American Stonehenge” up close and personal. To prepare, Patrick ordered a book about the history and mystery of the edifice and together we watched a couple of mini documentaries, one from the History Channel and another from the Guidestones’ website. You should definitely watch both for more information on the Guidestones and the conspiracy theories that surround it . There are many rumors as to what group, individual, or organization is behind the Georgia Guidestones. Ted Turner’s name has been thrown around, as well as a centuries old secret society called the Rosicrucians. The History Channel episode gives value to the latter idea.
We took I-85 almost to the South Carolina state line before we exited into the North Georgia countryside. After a brief detour at the Ty Cobb Museum, we found ourselves driving up Guidestone Rd and onto the county owned property where the structure lays. R.C. Christian and friends were smart. To avoid paying taxes on the property, they ceded the land and the granite monument on it back to Elberton County.
We spent about half an hour examining the area, reading the giant etchings on the English side of the slab, and peering through holes carved into the stone showing the direction of the North Star and other various astronomical phenomenons. Patrick even Tebowed (it was relevant at the time of our visit).
I have to say that the visit was slightly anticlimactic. After hearing so much about the mysterious carvings in the north of our state for awhile, I think I expected a lightning storm of Apocalyptic proportions. But the puzzle is still incredibly intriguing and I would love to know the true identity of R. C. Christian and truth of his Rosicrucian affiliations. It sounds like something out of a Dan Brown novel.
If you do get the chance to visit the Guidestones, I highly recommend it. A nearly twenty foot monument to strict philosophical ideas built in the middle of Georgia is not something to miss.