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.
Revisited site today after first seeing it in 2000. In intervening years have studied and seen many such structures in southern Europe and Malta. Found site disappointing on this visit for two reasons: 15 minute introductory video is somewhat amateurish and physical trail is poorly marked and tagged, even though the printed guide is well done. Prohibited areas are sort of chained off, but it is not clear which parts of trail are cul-de-sacs and which part are continuous. Had to climb over one chain segment to access exit trail. Physical site needs an evaluation for trail marking improvement by an outsider - someone who will look at it with fresh eyes, and video needs reworking.
Very friendly and helpful staff. The informational video and tour guide map are informative. A great place to take the family. The alpacas are great! In the summer they have bug spray available for the public to use.
Absolutely amazing place! My only "complaint" is the use of the name "Stonehenge." This ancient site stands alone and isn't simply a smaller version of the site in England. In fact, I've visited both and spent more time here and enjoyed it more than Stonehenge in England. It is very well run, the staff is friendly, and best of all, they allow near-total access to the site.