America's Stonehenge

A Mystery in the New Hampshire Woods

America's Stonehenge
••• America has its own Stonehenge--a mysterious collection of rocks in New Hampshire. "America's Stonehenge" © Angela N. @aon, flickr.com Creative Commons License

You've probably heard of Stonehenge--that mysterious collection of megaliths (big rocks) over in the old England. But did you know that America has its own Stonehenge here in New England?

If you want to see a prehistoric archaeological enigma, all you need to do is head about 40 miles north of Boston to Salem, New Hampshire, where you can explore 30 acres of cave-like dwellings, astronomically aligned rock formations, a sacrificial stone, and other mysterious structures left behind by an unknown people.

America's Stonehenge in New Hampshire opened to the public in 1958 under the name Mystery Hill Caves. Renamed America's Stonehenge in 1982, the site continues to intrigue visitors and to puzzle archeologists and other researchers. I've visited the southern New Hampshire attraction twice, and each time I was mesmerized by the strange series of stone structures and compelled to develop my own theories of how they came to be.

Were the astronomically aligned megaliths positioned by migrant Europeans, maybe the descendants of the original builders of Stonehenge, who arrived in America long before Columbus? Were the secret passages and chambers constructed by Native Americans? Is this truly one of the oldest megalithic sites in North America, as radio-carbon dating would suggest?

Come along with me on a photo tour of America's Stonehenge, and draw your own conclusions.

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If you want to go on a winter walk in the New Hampshire woods... and encounter something mysterious... this odd attraction is open daily year-round, and winter is a fine time to explore the 30 acres of cave-like dwellings, astronomically positioned stones and other intriguing structures. Snowshoe rentals are available, and candlelight snowshoe treks are offered Saturday evenings January 16 through February 20 (take your Valentine!) under the light of the full moon. Reservations are required and can be requested via email or by calling 603-893-8300.