The Elberton Granite Museum & The Georgia Guidestones, Georgia
The small town of Elberton, Georgia's main claim is that it is the "Granite Capital of the World". While that claim may be disputed by other international granite producers, the town does have a quaint museum dedicated to the stone that made the town and one of the most bizarre monuments ever raised. More on that in a moment.
While driving to Elberton (assuming you don't live there already), the closer communities are to the town the more likely you are to see granite signs (not the typical metal ones). People in these parts like their granite and use it for village and business names and even street numbers for private home owners.
Once you get there the Elberton Granite Museum & Exhibit is pretty easy to spot, with the biggest granite sign, of course. The museum's industrial building is home to a collection of quarry equipment, funky sculptures, examples of etched gravestones, and an old man at the desk. Pleased to have some company, he fired up the educational video that we watched while strolling the exhibits. There is something charming about the museum's genuine enthusiasm about what to most would be a mundane subject. Which leads to the most interesting granite exhibit, the model and material about the Georgia Guidestones.
The Guidestones were commissioned in 1979 and completed in 1980, but little is known about the man who walked into Elberton Granite Finishing Company and started the strange project. R. C. Christian (a pseudonym) only made two appointments with the company and swore his company contact to secrecy; all documentation was destroyed after the monument's creation. The monument was apparently the talk of the town and a longterm employer to many a local stone crafter.
On the road to the Guidestones, large, open, rusted buildings are scattered along the roadside with granite scraps surrounding them. Organized both outside and inside these buildings cut lengths of the granite can be seen stacked up like lumber. Once outside of Elberton, not too far off the side of the road are the Georgia Guidestones. The monument is large, yet not overwhelming, and completely fascinating. Four upright stones have R. C. Christian's message to the world, in eight languages. An additional upright and the capstone incorporate holes correlating to celestial and solar events.
THE MESSAGE OF THE GEORGIA GUIDESTONES
- 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.
Between population management, a world court, and the rule of reason, New World Order conspiracists cite the monument as a symbol of the agenda to strip away national sovereignty and enable genocidal polices to reduce the world's population. But sitting next to a cowfield, very far away from any center of power, it is hard to see the Guidestones as anything more than a very expensive enigma.
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