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On one of the highest hilltops in Elbert County, Georgia stands a huge granite monument. Engraved in eight different languages on the four 18' tall granite stones that support the common capstone are 10 Guides, or commandments. That monument is alternately referred to as The Georgia Guidestones, or the American Stonehenge. Elberton is an awfully strange place to erect a monument that you want to be seen by the whole world, but then again Stonehenge in England is also in the middle of nowhere.
The origin of that strange monument is shrouded in mystery because no one knows the true identity of the man, or men, who commissioned its construction. All that is known for certain is that in June 1979, a well-dressed, articulate stranger visited the office of the Elberton Granite Finishing Company and announced that he wanted to build an edifice to transmit a message to mankind. He identified himself as R. C. Christian, but it soon became apparent that was not his real name. He said that he represented a group of men who wanted to offer direction to humanity, but to date, over three decades later, no one knows who R. C. Christian really was, or the names of those he represented. Several things are apparent. The messages engraved on the Georgia Guidestones deal with four major fields: (1) Governance and the establishment of a world government, (2) Population and reproduction control, (3) The environment and man's relationship to nature, and (4) Spirituality.
If the name R.C. Christian was simply a meaningless pseudonym, why would it be engraved on to the monument for posterity? Could the name be of any significance? Well, it is. R.C. Christian is a clear reference to Christian Rosenkreuz whose English name is Christian Rose Cross, the legendary founder of the Rosicrucian Order. Some might say that the resemblance between R.C. Christian and Christian Rose Cross is the result of an odd coincidence. As we will see, it is however only one of the MANY references to Rosicrucianism associated with the monument. This is only one piece of the puzzle, but an important piece nonetheless. Let's go onsite and see for ourselves the rest of the puzzle, and explore online as well prior to visiting the Georgia Guidestones.
Afterwards let's visit the Elberton Granite Museum & Exhibit if time permits; closes at 5:00 PM. The Elberton area is thought to be the largest granite-producing region in the world.
Our last trip was in November 25, 2011, almost a decade ago. On this particular weekend you might meet an interesting and diverse group of people.
This granite monument opened on March 22, 1980 with a half-million dollar price tag. Check out the video below for more info.