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The Georgia Guidestones
#1 in a series of 10 Extraordinary Roadside Attractions in Georgia. Summer’s here and the time is right for finding odd things by the streets.Thinking road trip? Georgia’s back roads bloom with odd sites, strange creatures and mystic wonders. Here are a few worth checking out.
The Guidestones stand as the ne plus ultra of Georgia roadside wonders. These granite slabs, often called Georgia’s Stonehenge, rose above Elbert County farmlands in 1980. Their creation is shrouded in mystery. About all anyone will say is a man calling himself “R.C. Christian” provided the design and payment for the construction of the monument. The stones make an astronomical observatory and offer carved greetings to passersby. Their message: a vision for the future that is vaguely New Age-y, slightly apocalyptic and certainly unusual (“Maintain humanity under 500,000,000 in perpetual balance with nature.” “Be not a cancer on the Earth — leave room for nature — leave room for nature.”) Fans see the stones, favorite subjects on the World Wide Web, as guides to a better future. Detractors link the big rocks to everything from devil worship to secret societies out to take over the world. They were vandalized recently, apparently by Christians or by someone who object to a “new world order.”
How to get there: Take Ga. 77 north from Elberton; or take I-85 to Exit 173, follow signs to the Ga. 77 Connector, then take Ga. 77 south toward Elberton