Visit to America’s Stonehenge

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America's Stonehenge

Jennifer came in the morning to pick up Tong and myself and we all went out for breakfast at Poor Boys Diner in Derry, NH, a place we used to eat at on occasion when Jennifer was young. Hasn’t changed much over the years and a greasy spoon kind of place, but good for diner food. After this the plan was to have a visit to America’s Stonehenge in Salem, NH. For those who’ve never heard of this place, it’s a historical and archeological site consisting of a curious collection of stone configurations clearly made by people. Who built it is not really known, whether by a Native American culture or by ancient Europeans, the later being a theory more controversial as it would put Europeans far in advance of Columbus. There are some fire pits that have been carbon dated, one as old as 7,300 years and some others around 4000 years.

Mysterious Stone Configurations?
Some say this is only an indication of human activity in the area, but not necessarily by those who build the rock configurations. Basically there are those who call the site a hoax, perhaps made in the early 19th century, and others who believe its origins are ancient one. For those who believe the later, the purpose of the site was something spiritual, and its layout has some relationship to the calendar, similar to the Stonehenge in England. The place originally  opened to the public in 1958 to the name of Mystery Hill, but was later changed to America’s Stonehenge in 1982 to reflect what the true purpose and function of the site may have been. It’s definitely an interesting and intriguing place, perplexing to scientists and not all that well understood even to the present day, though it’s an active site for archeology to find more clues.
Daughter & Father - Jen & Brian
My personal feeling is that it is way too elaborate for a hoax in the configurations and patterns of the stones, and couldn’t have been done as a hoax in the early 19th century by a shoemaker named Jonathan Pattee who settled here in 1823. An enormous amount of work went into quarrying the stones and arranging them in various configurations. The calendar aspects of the site are striking too and would require a deep understanding of relation to the seasons in the way it is oriented. It’s somewhat entertaining to wander around for a while and ponder the place. They give you a nice handout that describes the numbered sites so one can gain some understanding. Jennifer’s mom and myself used to visit the place back in the day and we came with Jennifer once when she was a little baby, but Jen doesn’t remember. I thought it would be fun to visit all these years later with her, so that’s what we did. I have some photos from this current visit and those back in the day from 1988 and 1991 to show.

Links of interest:
America's Stonehenge

America's Stonehenge: New Hampshire rocks history or hoax?

America's Stonehenge - coasttocoastam
America's Stonehenge: A Classic Whodunit and Whydunit?

spocklogic says:
Some controversy about whether it is genuine or a hoax, but either way it does remain interesting to visit.
Posted on: Sep 10, 2017
vicIII says:
I see it's an interesting place to visit... Thanks for sharing your insights about this location.
Posted on: Aug 25, 2017
spocklogic says:
I wouldn't say it's a very well known place.
Posted on: Aug 24, 2017
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Americas Stonehenge
America's Stonehenge
Mysterious Stone Configurations?
Mysterious Stone Configurations?
Daughter & Father - Jen & Brian
Daughter & Father - Jen & Brian
Poor Boys Diner for Breakfast
Poor Boys Diner for Breakfast
Poor Boys Diner for Breakfast
Poor Boys Diner for Breakfast
Americas Stonehenge info
America's Stonehenge info
Americas Stonehenge - entrance to…
America's Stonehenge - entrance t…
Ticket office & gift shop
Ticket office & gift shop
Ticket office & gift shop
Ticket office & gift shop
Americas Stonehenge - Featured on…
America's Stonehenge - Featured o…
Post
Post
Sundial
Sundial
Sundial center
Sundial center
Its Brian Oclock
It's Brian O'clock
Sundial
Sundial
Hole in stone
Hole in stone
Outbuilding
Outbuilding
Americas Stonehenge is an archeol…
America's Stonehenge is an archeo…
Moose
Moose
Pope Road Nature Trail
Pope Road Nature Trail
Native American life
Native American life
Fire pit
Fire pit
Skin drying rack
Skin drying rack
Wigwam
Wigwam
Woods
Woods
Tong
Tong
Brian - pack mule
Brian - pack mule
Jen & Brian
Jen & Brian
Jen & Brian
Jen & Brian
Jen & Brian
Jen & Brian
Small cave
Small cave
Brian
Brian
Jen & Tong photographing
Jen & Tong photographing
Small cave
Small cave
Woods
Woods
Well
Well
Approaching the site
Approaching the site
Americas Stonehenge - 2017
America's Stonehenge - 2017
Americas Stonehenge - 2017
America's Stonehenge - 2017
Americas Stonehenge - 2017
America's Stonehenge - 2017
Americas Stonehenge panorama
America's Stonehenge panorama
The Pattee Area
The Pattee Area
Americas Stonehenge panorama
America's Stonehenge panorama
Trees
Trees
Jen
Jen
Jen & Brian
Jen & Brian
More trails
More trails
Americas Stonehenge - 2017
America's Stonehenge - 2017
Americas Stonehenge - 2017
America's Stonehenge - 2017
Compass points
Compass points
Lookout
Lookout
Americas Stonehenge - 2017
America's Stonehenge - 2017
Americas Stonehenge - 2017
America's Stonehenge - 2017
Americas Stonehenge - 2017
America's Stonehenge - 2017
Jen & Brian
Jen & Brian
Americas Stonehenge - 2017
America's Stonehenge - 2017
Tong
Tong
Jen & Tong
Jen & Tong
Jen, Brian, Tong
Jen, Brian, Tong
Model of Americas Stonehenge
Model of America's Stonehenge
Americas Stonehenge model info
America's Stonehenge model info
Americas Stonehenge contour model
America's Stonehenge contour model
Artifacts
Artifacts
William B. Goodwin info
William B. Goodwin info
Hard to see in the photo, but some…
Hard to see in the photo, but som…
Carbon dating at Americas Stonehe…
Carbon dating at America's Stoneh…
Artifacts
Artifacts
Artifacts
Artifacts
Petroglyphs
Petroglyphs
Petroglyphs
Petroglyphs
Incense burners
Incense burners
Americas Stonehenge - 1988
America's Stonehenge - 1988
Americas Stonehenge 1988
America's Stonehenge 1988
Americas Stonehenge 1988
America's Stonehenge 1988
Americas Stonehenge - 1991 (Dad &…
America's Stonehenge - 1991 (Dad …
Americas Stonehenge - 1991 (Dad &…
America's Stonehenge - 1991 (Dad …
Americas Stonehenge - 1991 (Dad &…
America's Stonehenge - 1991 (Dad …
Americas Stonehenge - 1991 (Jenni…
America's Stonehenge - 1991 (Jenn…
Americas Stonehenge - 1991 (Jenni…
America's Stonehenge - 1991 (Jenn…
Americas Stonehenge - 1991
America's Stonehenge - 1991
Salem Sights & Attractions review
History or Hoax in the Rocks?
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