Let me be frank, first. The Georgia Guidestones are a roadside attraction, not a destination in and of themselves. Since they are a far drive from Atlanta, I’d recommend stopping to see this “American Stonehenge” on your way to Watson Mill Bridge State Park or Richard B Russell State Park. Both are wonderful (and not too far from each other.) But once you are out that way, you MUST make Georgia Guidestones a priority! Since it was erected, the Guidestones have been the center of several stories from conspiracy theorists…what do you think?
Typically called a cross between Stonehenge and the Rosetta Stone, no one knows the exact purpose of the granite monument. They are a little freaky, and a lot weird. But there is no denying their artistic prowess. Here are 10 interesting facts that showcase their strangeness!
1. Multi-lingual Guidelines
A set of 10 guidelines are inscribed on the structure in eight languages, and a shorter message is inscribed at the top of the structure in four ancient language scripts: Babylonian, Classical Greek, Sanskrit, and Egyptian hieroglyphs. These guidelines are meant to be a guidestone to an “Age of Reason.”
2. Aligned With The Stars and Earth
The monument stands at the highest point in Elberton, purchased for $5,000. The capstone on top is astronomically aligned with the north star, and there is an additional stone to the west of the structure. On it is inscribed notes and a history of the Guidestones.
3. A Sundial and Clock
The guidestones also serve as an astronomical calendar, and every day at noon the sun shines through a 7/8-inch hole in the center stone and illuminates the day’s date on an engraving.
4. The World’s Finest Granite
Robert C. Christian, the man who commissioned the guidestones in 1979 (probably not his real name,) came to Elbert County to secure the granite slabs because he believed the quarries here produced the finest stone on the planet. It would be the largest stones quarried in the county…4 of them stand at 16 feet tall and weigh over 20 tons each. The capstone weighs 25,000 pounds.
5. Famous Believers
Yoko Ono is a supporter of the inscriptions on the stones, saying the words are “a stirring call to rational thinking.” The call she refers to are instructions for basic concepts required to rebuild civilization following a nuclear Doomsday. Of course, others believe it is an occult structure used for pagan rituals.
6. Ted Turner Could Be Involved
Many locals around the stones believe Ted Turner built the structure. “The rumor here is that Ted Turner built them. Jives with a lot of his beliefs, his big money, and his absolutely zany personality,” said one man who preferred to remain anonymous.
7. Not-So-Secure Cameras
The land on which the guidestones sit is owned by the county. In 2014 there was a bout of vandalism on the stones which led to the placement of two wireless cameras. Reportedly, the cameras were never powered, though.
8. Message From The Movies
In 2015 a documentary was released that explains the connection to the Rosicrucians, the Freemasonry, and United Nations!
9. Math Facts
While most believe these are instructions for what to do after an apocalypse, some are fearful that the first rule is a call for genocide. Let’s do some math…if humanity were to be reduced to only 500 million, it would be destroying over 80% of the worlds population!
10. Could The Time Capsule Be The Answer?
The nearby legend code references a time capsule buried beneath the tablet. The only problem? The fields on the stone reserved for the dates it was buried have never been inscribed. Was the time capsule never buried, or were the dates never updated?
- Maintain humanity under 500,000,000 in perpetual balance with nature.
- Guide reproduction wisely — improving fitness and diversity.
- Unite humanity with a living new language.
- Rule passion — faith — tradition — and all things with tempered reason.
- Protect people and nations with fair laws and just courts.
- Let all nations rule internally resolving external disputes in a world order court.
- Avoid petty laws and useless officials.
- Balance personal rights with social duties.
- Prize truth — beauty — love — seeking harmony with the infinite.
- Be not a cancer on the earth — Leave room for nature — Leave room for nature.
After 18 years in software development, Lesli bailed on the corporate scene. When she’s not traveling, she’s hiking in the mountains or checking out Atlanta’s culinary scene, whiskey in hand.
Lesli has two kiddos -Cooper and Elliot- plus two bonus kids currently at UGA, and she’s happily married to her soul mate.