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NOTEBOOK – ONE GOOD READ: Georgia’s ‘Stonehenge of America’ continues to attract attention


Seven miles outside the town of Elberton, Ga., is a granite monument erected in the late 1980s. Called the Georgia Guidestones, the monument consists of six granite slabs, each a little more than 19 feet tall. Inscribed on the slabs are guidelines, written in eight modern languages. No one knows who designed and paid for the Guidestones, writes Cameron McWhirter for the Wall Street Journal. “Intrigue centers on the murky origins of the 119-ton monument and the mishmash of themes inscribed on it,” writes McWhirter. The monument is creepy but cool, a waitress who works at a restaurant in Elberton told McWhirter. (Elberton is about 40 miles northeast of Athens, Ga.) The Guidestones have attracted visitors from around the world and most recently have drawn attention from a gubernatorial candidate who has said that if elected, one of her goals is to demolish the monument. The publicity generated from the candidate’s comments has brought even more attention to the mysterious structures, described by the local chamber as “the Stonehenge of America.”

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