Monday, November 16, 2015

The Mystery Hill People believe that these New Hampshire rocks are America’s Stonehenge

The so-called “America’s Stonehenge” is a weird looking 30-acre area with all kinds of rock formations, in Salem, New Hampshire.  It was firstly named “Mystery Hill” by William Goodwin, an insurance executive who purchased the area in 1937. This was the official name of the site until 1982, when it was renamed “America’s Stonehenge” This term was used in a news article from the early 1960s, in an effort to separate it from roadside oddity sites and reinforce the idea that it is an ancient archaeological site. Although the area is named after the archaeological site of Stonehenge in England, these two sites have no cultural or historical connections between them.

In the last few years, the rocks have become a major tourist attraction. It is attracting many “New Age” people who heard about its mysteries and who believe it is more than 1000 years old. On the other hand. it also attracts skeptics who are suggesting that the site is no more than a 100 years old and it is made by a 19-th century old shoemaker. No matter what you believe in, for $12 you are allowed inside. You can take a walk around the rocks and see some of the formations, like the “Sundeck” chamber and “V-hut”, cave-like enclosures made of huge and heavy granite slabs.

The main attraction of the place is the “Oracle” chamber. Inside there is a secret bed and a speaking tube. It is said that words spoken inside the chamber can be heard outside at the scary looking “sacrificial table”. Among the structures at the site, there are some standing stones that may have been erected to align with astronomical events.





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