A Little Stonehenge in Laurens
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The East-West equinox
View from the road
View up the hill
Thanks to all the folks who helped with hands, ideas, or
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
Diagram and Sun
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.
The very beginning: Bill and Charlie Scheim
mark the summer solstice with fence stakes, later used to align the stones.
Kathy checks out the rocks, which have been delivered and
are lying around, guarded by the dogs.
Troubadour, checking the East-West stake alignment near
Sam Partick, Debbie, and Chris
Tilley help dig holes and stand up stones.
Holes are dug using the backhoe and shovels,
just as the ancients did before us.
Bill Rohan shows the backhoe who’s
The stones are placed in holes and held up using a stand
while the cement sets.
Bill Rohan and Justin Fermann,
mixing one of about a hundred bags of cement.
John Hyland with the ManSaw,
squaring off the bottom of the center stone.
Bill Davis and John, maneuvering a large
stone with the tree-picker.
Bill Davis checks the scary big center stone.
Charlie Winter’s truck, keeping the center stone and the
three sets of west-facing sundown stones company.
Construction, from the neighbor’s point of
The job is done, the team is proud. Kathy is proud too, but
she’s taking the picture.
The team departs.
The SUNY Oneonta chemistry club, taking
one of the first tours.