Hartwell Hwy, Elberton, GA 30635
N 34° 10′ 45.429” W 82° 53′ 6.899”
One thing I learned on my trip to Mississippi is that I really like an excuse to drive around back roads with a good soundtrack. I had a random day off on Monday since I working a show tonight, so I decided to run away for a day and went to the Georgia Guidestones over in Elbert County.
The Guidestones, also known as the American Stonehenge, is a point of a lot of mystery and controversy. When you hear about them you want them to have been standing far longer than their 36 years. No one knows for sure who put them up, just a suspicious man using the alias RC Christian, representing “A small group of Americans who seek the Age of Reason.” There are boatloads of conspiracy theories about what they mean and who put them there. Some people claim the send psychic messages. Some claim they’re the 10 commandments of the Antichrist. They may just be a bizarre tourist trap.
The guidestones bear 10 guiding principles, translated in eight languages on 19 foot tall granite slabs.
- 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.
There has been a problem with graffiti in the past, to the point that the FBI is alerted depending on the messages. I didn’t see any graffiti or anyone else when I was there, in the middle of the day on a Monday. I did see cameras and signing warning that you were being filmed, though. I also saw no sign of anything weird having gone on there. The smell of some trash being burned nearby did give it a a little bit of a creepy feel, though.
I wasn’t there very long, maybe 10 minutes. Like I said, I was just looking for an excuse to drive some back roads and listen to the blues. And I had a few other stops planned for the day.
Yoko Ono is one of the fans of the guidestones, and she has a song about them.