This is one mystery that has been haunting Georgians for decades. In 1980, a group of giant granite slabs that were inscribed in various languages oddly appeared in the middle of a desolate field in Elberton, Georgia. The Georgia Guidestones, also known as the American Stonehenge, are inscribed with messages that seem to be instructions on how to restart humanity post-apocalypse. As great as it is to have a monument erected anywhere in Georgia, nobody knows who created it or why. 

These 16-foot tall slabs weigh over 20 tons each. They're also topped off with a 25,000-pound capstone. The monument also aligns with certain astronomical features in the sky. All we can think of is "HOW!?"

The 10 messages written on each side are in eight different languages, including English, Swahili, Russian, Spanish, Sanskrit, Hebrew, Arabic and Chinese. Take a look at all 10 messages:

  • Maintain humanity under 500,000,000 in perpetual balance with nature

  • Guide reproduction wisely - improving fitness and diversity 

  • Unite humanity with a living new language

  • Rule passion - faith - tradition and all things with tempered reason 

  • Protect people and nations with fair laws and just courts

  • Let all nations rule internally resolving external disputes in a world court 

  • Avoid petty laws and useless officials

  • Balance personal rights with social duties 

  • Prize truth - beauty - love - seeking harmony with the infinite

  • Be not a cancer on the earth - Leave room for nature - Leave room for nature

The top stone reads "Let these be Guidestones to an Age of Reason," in Egyptian Hieroglyphics, Classic Greek, Sanskrit and Babylonian Cuneiform. 

Not a bad set of rules from a mystery man or woman, but definitely not a set of rules we're following at this moment (we've blown way past a population of 500,000,000). Rumor has it that a man named R.C. Christian (who used this fake name) approached a granite company to commission his $50,000 design. He vanished right after the project was completed. 

Not everyone is cool with the messages. Some have taken this as a creation from a cult, while others simply view it as a warning from the future. This monument is frequently vandalized but is currently still standing serenely.  

If you're looking for a super eerie yet surreal adventure, venture to see the Guidestones at night. This is one of the many road trips you can make that are within three hours of Atlanta.

Georgia Guidestones

Price: Free to the public

Address: 1031 Guide Stones Road, Elberton, GA 30635

Why you need to go: If you can't fly out to see Stonehenge, come see America's Stonehenge which has its own wild history.