Hartleyhenge, John Hartley's Stone Spiral (Chapel Hill, NC)

You can see it from the road on Old Highway 86, but if you're not looking for it, you'll miss it. It doesn't seem to have a pr...



You can see it from the road on Old Highway 86, but if you're not looking for it, you'll miss it. It doesn't seem to have a proper name, but we have heard people refer to it as Hartleyhenge. But whatever you feel like calling it, Hartleyhenge is a spiritual and meditative place as well as one of North Carolina's most awesome roadside attractions.

John Hartley was an architect and builder who created several subdivisions in the Orange County area. Each subdivision had a gathering spot for the community, be it an amphitheater, a labyrinth, or Stone Knoll's stone circle. But despite the fact that Hartley's creations were so amazing, there really isn't much information on them online. Jordan Adair, in a piece on Hartley for Indy Week, shares a little about the stone circle:
"In front of us stands a spiral of large stones and four monolithic slabs that were trucked, I soon learn, all the way from Tennessee: throwaways for the quarry, but totems for Hartley. He sets them up for me. To the East stands the Eagle and sunrise; to the South the Coyote and noontime; to the West the Bear and the setting sun; to the North the White Buffalo and old age. 'This is sacred ground to me,' he tells me, 'an attempt to set aside and honor a part of the land that is the development.'
It really is a peaceful and beautiful place. Find it and lose yourself there.

What To Know Before You Go

GPS Coordinates: (35.940695, -79.109408)
Location: John's Woods Road, Chapel Hill, NC

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