60 Years Ago, An Ohioan Began Collecting Rocks In His Yard. But Now? It’s Worth A Visit.

In 1932, Centerville, Ohio resident Ben Hartman began a project that would fill the next ten years of his life.

Initially, the middle-aged Hartman only planned on constructing a small stone and concrete fish pond in his backyard. When the pond was complete, however, its architect decided he wasn’t quite out of inspiration.

He began collecting small stones and salvaging bits of mirror and pottery. Soon, his yard was covered with tiny rock homes, castles, and scenes from history recreated in miniature.

Read on for a tour of this incredible, tiny wonderland.

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Have you ever visited the Hartman Rock Garden? Do you know of any similar sites around the country?