On one of the highest hilltops in Elbert County, Georgia, stands a huge granite monument erected in 1980. Five massive slabs of polished granite rise out of the earth in a star pattern. The rocks are each 16 feet tall, with four of them weighing more than 20 tons apiece, and together they support a 25,000-pound capstone.
A set of 10 guidelines is inscribed on the structure in eight modern languages, and a shorter message is inscribed at the top of the structure in four language scripts: Babylonian, Classic Greek, Sanskrit, and Egyptian hieroglyphs. The monument is alternately referred to as The Georgia Guidestones or the American Stonehenge. These pale gray rocks are quietly awaiting the end of the world as we know it.
On the top stone, carved on the four sides in old languages it says: “Let these be Guidestones to an Age of Reason”. On the upright slabs, carved in eight different languages, are Ten Commandments for the coming “Age of Reason”, encouraging visitors to “unite humanity”. The Guidestones describe the ideal world, as envisioned by occult Secret Societies. The monument is therefore considered by some to be proof of an existing link between secret societies, the world elite and the push for a New World Order.
A few feet to the west of the monument lies an explanatory tablet which identifies the structure, and the languages used on it lists various facts about the size, weight, and astronomical features of the stones. It also mentions a time capsule buried underneath it, but spaces on the stone reserved for filling in the dates on which the capsule was buried, so it is uncertain if the time capsule was put in place.
The Story of the Georgia Guidestones began on a Friday afternoon in June 1979, when one gentleman showed up in Elbert County, made his way to the offices of Elberton Granite Finishing, and introduce himself as Robert C. Christian. He wanted to build an edifice to transmit a message to mankind. Christian explained that the stones would function as a compass, calendar, and clock, and should be capable of withstanding catastrophic events.
Christian delivered a scale model of the Guidestones and ten pages of specifications. On October 1, 1979, the five-acre land was purchased by Elbert County from farm owner Wayne Mullinex. Christian later transferred ownership of the land and the Guidestones to Elbert County.
The monument that Christian commissioned had been erected in recognition of Thomas Paine and the occult philosophy he espoused. The Guidestones are used for occult ceremonies to this very day. The hole in the stones was drilled in the Center Stone so that the North Star could be visualized through it at any moment.