A Little Stonehenge in Laurens


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From home


Looking southwest


The East-West equinox axis


View from the road


Looking northwest


View up the hill


Thanks to all the folks who helped with hands, ideas, or both:

Charlie Scheim, Bill Rohan, Justin Fermann, Charlie Winters, John Hyland, Bill Davis, Sam Partrick, Debbie, Chris Tilley, Ron Bishop, Mike Merilan, James Vacarel, John Schaumloffel, Circle Stone in Delhi, and the kind folks at Lowes in Oneonta.

Diagram and Sun Circle Science

The sun rises and sets further north or south, depending on the time of year. These changes arise, so to speak, from the tilt of the Earth’s axis with respect to that of the Earth’s plane of revolution about the sun. This diagram, modified from Judith Young’s Sunwheel website, shows how the path of the sun is marked with the Tovenhenge stones.



Before: It’s just a field with potential.tn_field_before.jpg

The very beginning: Bill and Charlie Scheim mark the summer solstice with fence stakes, later used to align the stones. tn_winter_siting.jpg

Kathy checks out the rocks, which have been delivered and are lying around, guarded by the dogs.tn_rocks_on_ground.jpg

Troubadour, checking the East-West stake alignment near sundown.tn_Troubadour_east_west.jpg

Sam Partick, Debbie, and Chris Tilley help dig holes and stand up stones.tn_Sam1.jpg     tn_Chris.jpg

Holes are dug using the backhoe tn_backhoe.jpg and shovels,tn_shovels.jpg just as the ancients did before us.

Bill Rohan shows the backhoe who’s boss.tn_BR_Backhoe.jpg

The stones are placed in holes and held up using a stand while the cement sets.tn_stand.jpg

Bill Rohan and Justin Fermann, mixing one of about a hundred bags of cement.tn_Cement.jpg

John Hyland with the ManSaw, squaring off the bottom of the center stone.tn_mansaw.jpg

Bill Davis and John, maneuvering a large stone with the tree-picker.tn_treehugger.jpg

Bill Davis checks the scary big center stone.tn_scary.jpg

Charlie Winter’s truck, keeping the center stone and the three sets of west-facing sundown stones company.tn_truck.jpg

Construction, from the neighbor’s point of view.tn_neighborview.jpg

The job is done, the team is proud. Kathy is proud too, but she’s taking the picture.tn_done.jpg

The team departs.tn_leaving.jpg

The SUNY Oneonta chemistry club, taking one of the first tours.tn_tour.jpg