Photo Gallery: Georgia Guidestones near Elberton, Ga.

The Georgia Guidestones near Elberton, Ga., have intrigued and confounded visitors since they first appeared in 1980. (Photo by Todd DeFeo)

ELBERTON, Ga. — Since first unveiled in March 1980, the Georgia Guidestones have confounded and intrigued tourists.

An anonymous benefactor, using the name R.C. Christian, showed up in Elbert County in 1979 to build the monument. According to sources, Christian was working on behalf of an anonymous group.

The 19-foot-tall monument, comprised of six granite stones, sits along Georgia Highway 77 on one of the highest tracts of land in Elbert County. The monument, known as “America’s Stonehenge,” was built using granite from Elbertson, the “Granite Capital of the World.”

“To some, it’s the holiest spot on earth,” The New York Times quoted Hudson Cone as saying in 2013. “To others, it’s a monument to the devil. Take your pick.”

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Todd DeFeo loves to travel anywhere, anytime, taking pictures and notes. An award-winning reporter, Todd revels in the experience and the fact that every place has a story to tell. He is the owner of The DeFeo Groupe and also edits Express Telegraph and Railfanning.org.