Built by a Native American Culture or a migrant European population? No one knows for sure. A maze of man-made chambers, walls and ceremonial meeting places, America's Stonehenge is most likely the oldest man-made construction in the United States (over 4000 years old).
Like Stonehenge in England, America's Stonehenge was built by ancient people well versed in astronomy and stone construction. It has been determined that the site is an accurate astronomical calendar. It was, and still can be, used to determine specific solar and lunar events of the year.
Various inscriptions have been found throughout the site including Ogham, Phoenician and Iberian Punic Script. Dr. Barry Fell of Harvard University did extensive work on the inscriptions found at the site. They are detailed in his book America B.C.
I think it's a great piece of property and even a nice gift shop. However, very controversial and does not seem authentic if you actually read into it... still... it's a great place to walk around all day with the family and picnic. If you're into celestial and solstice it's a good place to go. I just enjoy the trekking around.
Whether you will like America's Stonehenge and ll find it an interesting visti is really dependent on whether you are a history buff who has been following the theories of possible civilizations and/or colonies that were here in North America. If you are looking for a nice hike and/or a good tourist attraction - then perhaps one of the great state parks would be better for you and your family. If you do plan on visiting - spending some time doing a few hours or more of research will help you to have context for what you are seeing. Also -youtube has some great - and not so great - lectures and reviews of theories of the origins of this site - When you get there - make sure you keep your map so you can better understand what you are seeing - the staff is very helpful if you have questions. I have been visiting this site since the eighties - and as the new research has become available - I find it more interesting - - BUT if you don't have a lot of interest in history and have not done the research - this site may be best passed by
I spent my formative years in Salem, NH and NEVER visited America's Stonehenge, which was literally about 10 minutes from the house I grew up. I don't know what I was thinking! I finally visited with my wife on our last visit home and had a great time! Keep your expectations in line. This isn't Disneyland. But the oddity factor is what makes it awesome! I very much enjoyed the visitor's center and the video that was clearly made in the late 80s or early 90s. I LOVED that!! Watch the film! There are alpacas to look at here too. Get a map and follow it to see the different destinations. The more you read, the cooler you'll think it is. Let's face it... it just looks like piles of rocks for the most part... but once you read what they are and where they came from... it's REALLY cool. It gets cooler and cooler the more you go in. We did it in the snow, so we may have missed some things too. There is even a SACRIFICIAL TABLE!!! If that doesn't get your attention, I don't know what will. Check it out! We really enjoyed going in the winter. Check your local library for FREE TICKETS!!!
Fun, quirky little site. Feel like much of the research is dated or not that in depth. Recommended as a light physical activity for family members, just don't expect high level engaging details.
Super cool place to visit. Simple hike to the location and back. My 4 and 5 year old loved it but didn't understand much of the history obviously. Still fun for all ages. Cute gift shop too. A great local morning or afternoon activity.