A while ago I watched an intriguing documentary about the anonymous patron and the strange, cryptic message of the Georgia Guidestones. It was a beautiful day, so on a whim, we decided to take a ride up to Elbert County, Georgia and see the Guidestones for ourselves.
A Quick Georgia Guidestones Primer
The Georgia Guidestones is a 19 feet 3 inch (5.87 m) monument made of granite slabs weighing a total of 237,746 pounds (107,840 kg). The monument was created by the Elberton Granite Finishing Company and paid for by a secret patron known only as Robert C. Christian on behalf of “a small group of loyal Americans”. The Guidestones, which are sometimes called “The American Stonehenge”, contains a set of ten guidelines for humanity written in eight languages (English, Spanish, Swahili, Sanskrit, Hebrew, Arabic, Chinese, and Russian):
- Maintain humanity under 500,000,000 in perpetual balance with nature.
- Guide reproduction wisely — improving fitness and diversity.
- Unite humanity with a living new language.
- Rule passion — faith — tradition — and all things with tempered reason.
- Protect people and nations with fair laws and just courts.
- Let all nations rule internally resolving external disputes in a world court.
- Avoid petty laws and useless officials.
- Balance personal rights with social duties.
- Prize truth — beauty — love — seeking harmony with the infinite.
- Be not a cancer on the earth — Leave room for nature — Leave room for nature.
Walk Right Up
Soon after the Guidestones were unveiled on March 22, 1980, Robert C. Christian transferred ownership of the land and the monument to Elbert County, and the county currently maintains the five acres that the Guidestones sit on. The site is easily accessible by car and open to the public.
The Stuff of Legends
As I was flying my drone over the Guidestones, several people asked me if I could see what was on top of the stones. There is an urban legend that the dark mark at the top is supposed to be blood – although no one could tell me where the blood was supposed to have come from. The Guidestones were vandalized in 2008 and 2014, and I suspect this is actually what is left of graffiti.
A few feet to the west of the monument, a granite tablet lists various facts about the size, weight, and astronomical features of the stones. The tablet also says that a time capsule is buried under it. Spaces for dates the time capsule was buried and is to be opened are blank, so I wonder if the capsule is actually there.
You Have Been Warned (or not)
The mystery, mystique, and the message of the Georgia Guidestones made this a fun day trip. For me, the real lesson here was another example of what happens when an eccentric person has a lot of money and time. There are no businesses around the Guidestones, so if you plan to visit, make sure you prepare to get anything you need before or after you leave. Overall, it is definitely worth taking your camera and checking it out.
For More Info
- Elbert County has a detailed explanation of the message and astronomical features of the Guidestones here.
- The History Channel documentary that I referenced earlier is here.