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America's Stonehenge, Salem

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For the granite monument erected in Georgia, see Georgia Guidestones

America's Stonehenge is a privately-owned tourist attraction and archaeological site consisting of a number of large rocks and stone structures scattered around roughly 30 acres (12 hectares) within the town of Salem, New Hampshire, in the United States. It is open to the public for a fee as part of a recreational area which includes snowshoe trails and an alpaca farm.

A number of hypotheses exist as to the origin and purpose of the structures. One viewpoint is a mixture of land-use practices of local farmers in the 18th and 19th centuries and construction of structures by owner William Goodwin, an insurance executive who purchased the area in 1937.
Some claim that the site has a pre-Columbian European origin, but this is regarded as pseudoarchaeological or the result of an early-20th century hoax. Archaeologist David Starbuck has said: "It is widely believed that Goodwin may have 'created' much of what is visible at the site today."
The site was first dubbed Mystery Hill by William Goodwin. This was the official name of the site until 1982, when it was renamed "America's Stonehenge", a term coined in a news article in the early 1960s. The rebranding was an effort to separate it from roadside oddity sites and to reinforce the idea that it is an ancient archaeological site. The area is named after Stonehenge in England, although there is no evidence of cultural or historical connection between the two.

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  • I never knew there was a "Stonehenge" in the US never mind in Salem, NH! Beautiful day during the pandemic, so not crowded which was good for us. I was able to download the walking tour and watch.....  more »
  • This is one of the most Beautiful places on earth, The astronomical alignments were stars and stones meet is phenomenal ! ancient technology using minerals, elements and atmosphere regulations in...  more »
  • As a NH native and history enthusiast it was only natural that I visited this place sooner or later. I first heard about it on the history channel: "History's Mysteries: American Stonehenge." This year I finally got around to seeing it myself and I wasn't disappointed. The site was expansive and there was so much to see and read. It's an adventure from start to finish. Everyone there was so friendly from tourists to the staff, it was delightful. This place is a gem and I'm so thankful it has been preserved so beautifully. What a curious world we live in. Seriously, check this place out if you love history.
  • Very cool spot to visit. We loved all the history and information. It was 29$ for my family of 4 (5 and under free) with a military discount. Prices are 13$ for adults, 7.50 for kids. A bit steep, but I understand they need to be able to maintain the grounds. The alpacas were my favorite.

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