America’s Stonehenge – Unexpected Wonder or Mischievous Hoax?

I can happily spend hours poring over maps, looking for places to visit, especially when planning a trip. Sometimes the results can be quite unexpected.

A few years ago, we went down to Connecticut to visit some friends, and decided to spend a few days travelling back, so we could swing through the other New England states. While planning our return route, Rich and I spotted something neither of us had expected… a small red dot together with the legend, America’s Stonehenge.

We both assumed it would be some sort of tacky reconstruction of the iconic stones on ‘Old’ England’s Salisbury Plain. But we couldn’t have been more wrong.

IMG_0149America’s Stonehenge, which was formerly known as Mystery Hill, is located near Salem, New Hampshire. Among the trees are a whole host of stone walls, chambers, passages and standing stones, covering an area of about 30 acres.

One several 'rooms' present

One of several ‘rooms’ present

IMG_0143IMG_0160IMG_0175No one knows for sure who built the stone structures, why, or even when. Some people believe they were erected by a pre-Columbian people as long as 4000 years ago. Archaeological evidence does indicate that the site was indeed inhabited by Native Americans around this time, although it seems doubtful they were responsible for the structures present today.

There are also full-on passages

There are also full-on passages

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Most experts consider the stone constructions to be the combined work of 18th and 19th Century farmers, and the enthusiastic ‘reconstruction’ of one of the site’s previous owners, who claimed it was originally built by Irish Monks before the time of Columbus. Some people even think the whole thing is a playful 20th Century prank.

Sacrificial alter or lye-leaching stone? Are the channels for blood, or just the first step in soap-making?

Sacrificial alter or lye-leaching stone? Are the channels for blood, or just the first step in soap-making?

Prehistoric standing stone, or an 19th Century hoax?

Prehistoric standing stone, or an 19th Century hoax?

Is America’s Stonehenge really a 4000 year old wonder, a modern fraud, or a practical storage place built by 18th and 19th Century farmers? Honestly, I don’t know (although I strongly lean towards the farmers theory). What I do know is that it’s an unexpected and thought-provoking curiosity in the woods of New Hampshire, and definitely worth a bit of a detour.

No matter what the true origins of America's Stonehenge, we enjoyed our visit

No matter what the true origins of America’s Stonehenge, we enjoyed our visit

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18 Responses to America’s Stonehenge – Unexpected Wonder or Mischievous Hoax?

  1. seeker says:

    Very interesting. They could be stone dwellers?

  2. Ben says:

    Went there myself a few years ago. It’s even more intriguing when you wake into account how many other standing stone/chamber sites there are around the northeast that aren’t so publicized. When it comes down to it though, I don’t see any reason to doubt that Native Americans could have built these sites, unlike all the outlandish theories ranging from pre-Columbian Freemasons to the Lost Tribes of Israel.

    What do you think?

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  4. I’d never heard of this place but I find it incredibly interesting!

  5. Khana says:

    What an incredible place If I ever get to the USA I’ll definitely try to visit it. I’d never heard of it before, thanks for sharing 🙂

  6. Have never heard of it. The real deal or not – still interesting!

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  11. Excellent choice for this week 🙂

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  13. Amy says:

    Fascinating, Jaspa!

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