There are many monuments and monoliths from history scattered throughout the world. The ancients have left clues from the past that stand strong even today, and perhaps will for many more millennia, yet there are equally mysterious structures that date from far more modern times. While many might think that looming stone structures are the realm of such ancient places as the Pyramids or Stonehenge, there are equally enigmatic structures that have gone up in modern times, yet retain just as much mystery as their older brethren. One of these is a massive cryptic stone structure in the U.S. state of Georgie, with a strange tale behind it and its meaning never quite fully understood.
The whole story begins in 1979, when a mysterious stranger approached Joe Fendley, the president of the Elberton Granite Finishing Company, in Elbert County, Georgia, with a rather strange proposal. The man called himself “Richard C. Christian,” but gave no identification or credentials, and even straight out told Fendley that this was a pseudonym. The only thing he would say about himself was that he represented an unnamed group of “loyal Americans” from outside of Georgia, without further elaboration. Fedley’s first instinct was that the guy was a loon, but since he seemed to be dressed nicely and looked well-off, he decided to listen to what he had to say. Christian then explained that he wanted to build a grand monument composed of four massive granite slabs 16 feet 4 inches tall, 6 feet, 6 inches wide and 1 foot, 7 inches thick, weighing 20 tons apiece, surrounding a center slab and all of it topped off with a giant capstone, the whole of it estimated to weigh 119 tons. There were also to be various meticulous engravings upon the stone slabs written in eight of the world’s major languages.
Fendley thought the man must be joking, incredulously asking what this colossal monument would be for, and Christian explained that it was to serve as a guide to future generations, as well as a compass, calendar, and clock. It was meant to be able to withstand catastrophes, natural disasters, and the unstoppable march of eons of time, so that even if civilization were to be reduced to a few survivors they would be able to find the stones and put to use the crucial information they contained. Christian was so serious, sincere, and eloquent about it all that Fendley was beginning to feel that he was actually serious about all of this, but the proposed project was very ambitious, extremely large and complex, and an undertaking of this scope would be very expensive. Indeed, his company had never attempted anything near this magnitude before. He told the mysterious Christian that it would require stones larger than had ever been quarried before in the region, as well as an enormous amount of manpower, heavy equipment, and expertise, and threw out an estimate larger than he thought it would actually take, to which Christian accepted without questions or haggling.
Fendley pushed on who it was that wanted the monument built, but Christian would offer no further information than he had already given, merely mentioning that they had been planning the project for 20 years. He also refused to give any more information on himself, and indeed told Fendley that if he were to accept the project it was to remain strictly confidential. This was a problem, because Fendley had to make sure he would actually be paid for such an undertaking before he would even consider it. To this end, he decided to refer Christian to a banker he knew by the name of Wyatt Martin, who agreed to meet with the enigmatic man. Maritn would say of his initiation into all of this strangeness:
Fendley called me and said, ‘A kook over here wants some kind of crazy monument. But when this fella showed up he was wearing a very nice, expensive suit, which made me take him a little more seriously. And he was well-spoken, obviously an educated person. And when he told me what it was he and this group wanted to do, I just about fell over. I told him, ‘I believe you’d be just as well off to take the money and throw it out in the street into the gutters.’ He just sort of looked at me and shook his head, like he felt kinda sorry for me, and said, ‘You don’t understand.’ He said he was going to send the money from different banks across the country because he wanted to make sure it couldn’t be traced. He made it clear that he was very serious about secrecy.
Martin explained to him that without reassurance about who he was and whether he could pay, there was nothing he could do for him, and so he and Christian came to a compromise. He agreed to tell the banker his real name under the condition of strict anonymity, and once the project was done all evidence of the transactions and his very existence was to be destroyed. This seemed to do the trick, and the bizarre project went forward. Christian presented a wooden scale model of what the mysterious cabal had planned, as well as 10 pages of intricate specifications and instructions, and construction began, carried out over the next 6 months in total secrecy on a 5-acre plot of land purchased specifically for this purpose, price seeming to be no object for Christian. When it was finally unveiled to the public on March 22, 1980, people were finally able to see it in all of its glory and take in its various cryptic details. There were the four huge slabs surrounding a center one, the capstone, and then there was the actual text engraved upon it all. The text begins with “Let these be guidestones to an Age of Reason,” and then continues with its commandments for surviving the end of the world, written in English, Russian, Mandarin Chinese, Arabic, Classical Hebrew, Swahili, Hindi and Spanish, and reading:
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.
There was also an explanatory stone tablet that explained that the four main granite slabs were aligned with the celestial poles, and that the center stone was drilled with an eye-level hole oriented with the North Star and a slit aligned with the Sun’s solstices and equinoxes. The capstone also had a slit that was to be used as a celestial calendar and a clock. The explanatory tablet also identifies the languages used on the monument, its date of installation, as well as its dimensions and weight. Rather mysteriously, it also makes mention of a time capsule buried 6 feet directly under that spot, but the date on which it is to be open has been left blank, the reason why unclear. Is it even there at all? Who knows?
Shortly after the Guidestones monument was completed, Christian would suddenly vanish into thin air without ever revealing his real identity to anyone but the banker Martin, and the shadowy group he worked for was also never revealed. All that we know is that they paid in full, and that is about it. The group has been speculated as being everyone from the Illuminati to the New World Order, as well as various groups such as the Freemasons, a secret society of mystics called the Rosicrucians, a coven of witches or even immortals, a Luciferian secret society, or even the Knights Templar, but no one has a clue. It only adds to the many mysteries that orbit what has often been referred to as “The American Stonehenge.” Another puzzle is what the stones are actually for. The main consensus is that they are meant to instruct mankind on how to rebuild civilization after some apocalypse, but it has also been blamed for being a guide to starting a New World Order, a place for Satanic rituals, the “Ten Commandments of the Antichrist,” or a secret coded message for some shadow government, a doomsday prediction, or even a landing site for UFOs, among others. As of yet, no one really knows who commissioned this project, who the mysterious Christian was, or what it all might mean, and it remains a stunningly weird modern enigma sitting out in plain sight.