Take A Hike To A Washington Attraction That’s Like The Miniature Stonehenge
If you paid even a moderate amount of attention in your history classes, you probably recall learning about Stonehenge. This ancient, Neolithic structure located in Wiltshire (England) is actually the most well-known prehistoric monument in Europe, drawing in more than 800,000 tourists each year.
But you don’t have to go all the way to the U.K. to visit Stonehenge. Assuming you’ll accept a realistic, real life replica, all you have to do is drive to Goldendale.
The Maryhill Museum of Art is a gorgeous 53,000-acre property on the outskirts of Goldendale.
The museum's fascinating history goes back to 1907, when Samuel Hill purchased the land hoping to establish a Quaker farming community. Fortunately, what transpired ended up being much better.
The museum overlooks the Columbia River Gorge, so visiting is a visual treat in more ways than one.
This is a place where the outdoor attractions, like the vistas, overlooks, and gardens, are just as appealing as the exhibits you'll see inside.
While the Stonehenge Memorial is owned and operated by the Maryhill Museum, the monument itself is located three miles east of the property.
The monument is easily accessible from Highway 14.
Stonehenge Memorial was built by museum founder Samuel Hill himself.
Hill, who was a Quaker and a pacifist, incorrectly believed that the original Stonehenge was built as a place of human sacrifice. Concluding there was a parallel between the loss of life in World War I and the sacrifices at Stonehenge, he decided to build a replica on the cliffs of the Columbia as a reminder of those sacrifices.
The Stonehenge Memorial is dedicated to the 14 soldiers and sailors of Klickitat County who lost their lives in World War I.
Until recent years, small ceremonies were held here on the death anniversaries of each of the 14 men. The ceremonies have been postponed since 2020, but they will resume eventually.
Recently, the memorial was added to the National Register of Historic Places.
And considering how hard Samuel Hill worked to make this an exact replica of the original structure, we'd say that's an honor that has been well-earned.
The Maryhill Museum of Art makes a wonderful day trip destination, and that should always include a trip over to the Stonehenge Memorial.
Both Stonehenge Memorial and the Klickitat County Veterans Memorial are open daily from 7 a.m. until dusk, and admission is free.
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Stonehenge Memorial, Stonehenge Dr, Goldendale, WA 98620, USA