Off the Beaten Path
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I had known about the Georgia Guidestones for years. Construction of the granite marvel started my first year of college, and rumors flew all over the state about devil worship and satanic rituals. My 18-year-old self just laughed and put it on my long list of things to see one day. It is a mystery in a remote, rural corner of Georgia.
The mystery man went by the name of Richard C. Christian, who commissioned the Georgia Guidestones. The Elberton Granite Finishing Company hesitated to take the job - the biggest of their history. Richard went to the bank, telling the President he and his friends had planned this message to humanity for twenty years. The President learned his true identity but had to destroy all documentation with his real name and swore never to tell. He kept that oath. The bank convinced the Elberton Granite Finishing Company that the project was legitimate and fully funded. Those who love a great mystery must still determine who paid for the Georgia Guidestones or their motivation. The bank President’s not telling, although rumors have flown over the years over the mystery man's true identity.
Fast forward 40 years, and I checked off that box on my bucket list in 2017.
With a friend and a stopover in the quaint Bavarian town of Helen, we ventured across two-lane winding highways to a small hill in the middle of a pasture in Elbert County, Georgia, close to the South Carolina line. It was huge! It dominated the countryside. Made from granite slabs, it stood over nineteen feet tall. The Guidestones had a set of 10 engraved principles in eight different languages, including Arabic, English, Hebrew, Hindi, Russian, Spanish, Swahili, and Traditional Chinese.
The principles are:
Many pastors railed against it as demonic, including one at the launch. Many called for it to come down.
The guide stones were erected on March 22, 1980, but who put them up remains a mystery, making the area of ongoing interest for conspiracy theorists. Then, an explosion blew up one of the slabs on a Wednesday in July 2022, around 4:00 a.m. The rest of the five tablets were damaged. For public safety, the remaining slabs were bulldozed and removed. No suspect or motives have been reported, although the Georgia Bureau of Investigation is working on the case. A silver sedan was captured leaving the scene on video.
It is a loss of tourism dollars as an estimated 200,000 people traveled to the remote corner of Georgia simply to see the Guidestones. Sure, there is the Dillard House with a fantastic all-you-can-eat spread right up the road and spectacular waterfalls in that part of the country. However, there is just something spell-binding about a modern Stonehenge in the Appalachian foothills in North Georgia. I’m glad I went. We may never know the reasons for construction and destruction.