18 September 2011

Georgia GuideStones aka American Stone Hedge

Back in the early part of the year our next door neighbors family came down for a visit on their way to Florida. We love getting together with them as they are like family to us too.  Jan and her 88 year old mother
are always on the go, and they both love to garden which is why I probably have so much fun with them.  Plus when they are in town they always cook up a spread.  Can you imagine being on vacation and cooking for everyone?  They do, and man can they cook!  So Jan had read about the Georgia Guide Stones aka American Stone Hedge.  I had never heard of it before, the other one yes, but not this one.
It is located in Elberton County, Georgia about 90 miles east of Atlanta.  They stand almost 20 feet tall, and were made with local granite.  (Speaking of local granite, did you know that Georgia granite was used for a lot of the buildings in Washington, D.C.?)  On these "tablets" there are eight languages:  English, Spanish, Swahili, Hindi, Hebrew, Arabic, Chinese, and Russian. 

Here Jan up north as we affectionately call her (she's from Wisconsin) since our next door neighbor is also named Jan; is pointing to the hole in the center tablet. 

If you enlarge this you may be able to read  it.

There is also a mystery surrounding the way this was built.  The story goes that a man went to the local bank with the proposal of building the stonehedge.  He had the money for it, but he wanted all of it to be hush, hush as to his funding it.  He swore the banker to secrecy.  Although a name was given it is suppose to be a false one.  Another curious thing is that there is also a time capsule buried next to the Guide Stones.  If you would like to learn more here is a link http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Georgia_Guidestones that could give you that information.
Even though I have lived in this state for a long time it took an out-of-towner's curiosity for me to see it.  Sometimes you never know what you have in your own back yard!


Southern Lady said...

I didn't know that Georgia had a stonehindge! Thanks for sharing. I learn something new every day. Hope you are doing well! Carla

Mary said...

Glad to find you posting still dear friend -have missed you. Sorry the garden didn't provide a better harvest this Summer - but seems everyone was in the same boat with the unforgiving heat and lack of rain, at least here in the south.

Yes, know what you mean about sometimes missing interesting places right in one's own back yard, so to speak. We keep saying we need to go here and there right in the local vicinity to view places we've still missed - and that's after living here over 30 years! Time is the enemy - and of course running off to places far away!!!!

Love to you all - Mary

Madelief said...

Dear Ulrike,

Welcome back! So good to hear from you again. Hope all is well with you? Your Stonehenge looks impressive :-)!!

How is your garden doing? I missed reading about it. I have been too busy myself lately and not visited as many blogs as I wanted. Hopefully I will have some more time in the autumn and winter months :-)!

Wish you a lovely new week!

Madelief x

Madelief said...

Hi Ulrike,

Here I am again! I wanted to thank you for leaving all those comments on my different blog posts. I enjoyed reading them very much!

Ohhh I thought my garden didn't produce much, but your produce is even worse. So sorry to read it. Let's hope next year will be better :-)!!!

Wish you a happy day,

Madelief x

stadtgarten said...

Dear Ulrike, thank you so much for your visits and comments on my blog.
We are on vacation in the south of France at the moment, so I just wanted to step by and say "hallo"
Liebe Gruesse, Monika

Mary said...

Hi dear friend - hope life is good and all is well. Have missed you and we chat about you guys often.

Autumn is here, this morning is perfect so will be heading out into the garden for a while. Soon leaving on my big trip and have lots to get done before getting underway!

I met up with Jeanne (Backyard Neighbor) as she was in town this week. We talked about the lovely time we all had this time last year in Asheville........gosh time has flown since then hasn't it?

Sending love and hugs and hope to see you posting soon.
Mary X

Comfrey Cottages said...

I had never heard of this Ulrike! thanks for sharing!!! xoxox

stadtgarten said...

Dear Ulrike, I hope that everything is okay with you and that you are having a wonderful autumn time!
Have a nice weekend, Monika

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