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 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!!!
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.
This place was a complete surprise to me. I was visiting friends in New England, and they took me for a visit. The site itself is fascinating. The walking tour is self-paced, and at the end of it, you can check out the resident alpacas. For a knitter like me, alpacas are always a bonus. The museum is rustic, and contains tons cool artifacts found on site. I'd recommend this to families with kids, and anyone interested in Stonehenge and similar monuments.
Friendly staff, well laid out site and the paper guide was very helpful along the way. Lovely surroundings and the wildlife was spectacular... also loved the fluffy Alpacas.
IIt was very cute but do not expect it to be anything like Stonehenge. It is a self-guided tour and I wish it was an actual tour provided by somebody from the facility. I do believe the price is a little steep for what they actually offer for you and for what the actual location is about.