Stonehenge is one of the best-known Neolithic sites in all the world, so it shouldn't come as much of a surprise that people have been creating replicas of the famous site for years. All over the planet, people have thrown stones, pillars, and even cars into the familiar circular pattern found in Wiltshire, England.
There are tons of these homages to Stonehenge all over the world, but not every Stonehenge replica is worth visiting. If you're on the hunt to see some truly awe-inspiring faux monuments, you should add these to your next trip itinerary when traveling.
Carhenge - Alliance, Nebraska
As the name indicates, this incredible replica of Stonehenge found on the western edge of the Sandhills of Nebraska is a replica of the ancient structure, but made of cars. Carhenge consists of three circles of structures, all of which were made from cars or parts of cars. The site was built by Jim Reinders as a memorial to his father and was dedicated during the June 1987 summer solstice.
Carhenge is open to the public and is free to visit all day, every day. As you might imagine, it's a popular roadside attraction. Donations are happily accepted, as they help to maintain the site throughout the year.
Foamhenge - Centreville, Virginia
If it isn't clear from the name, this replica of the prehistoric monument is constructed of Styrofoam. It's located in Centreville, Virginia, and is an exact full-size replica. Foamhenge was created by Mark Cline, a fiberglass sculptor who described Foamhenge as his greatest achievement:
About 15 years ago, I walked into a place called Insulated Business Systems where they make these huge 16-foot-tall blocks. As soon as I saw them, I immediately thought of the idea: "Foamhenge." It took a while for the opportunity to present itself, of course.
Foamhenge is a popular roadside attraction, and if you visited it in the past, you might be surprised to learn that it was relocated, which isn't too dificult given the material it's constructed from. The new site is at Cox Farms in Centreville. The site has varying hours during the spring, summer, and fall seasons, with no openings between late December and April.
Kentucky's Stonehenge - Munfordville, Kentucky
The next time you're passing through Munfordville, Kentucky, you can stop at the state's Stonehenge replica, which was built by Chester Fryer, a local. Mr. Fryer scoured more than 1,000 acres of local land, where he uncovered every large rock he could find. Once he put them all in one place, they were cut and placed to look like Stonehenge, though the site isn't a replica so much as it's inspired by the original.
There are numerous rock displays on the site, including Earth Mysteries, the Garden of Gethsemane, Rock Gardens, and Rock Park. The site is truly an art display, and can be visited if arrangements are made in advance.
The Maryhill Stonehenge - Maryhill, Washington
Just a few miles east of the Maryhill Museum of Art in Maryhill, Washington, stands a full-scale replica of Stonehenge. The replica was built by the museum's founder, Samuel Hill, and was erected as the nation's first WWI memorial. The site was dedicated in 1918 to the fallen servicemen of Klickitat County, Washington. Hill worked with specialists to reconstruct Stonehenge as it would have looked when it was originally built.
Hill erroneously believed the original Stonehenge to be a place of human sacrifice, and he saw a parallel between that and the loss of life in WWI. Hill originally wanted to construct the site out of local stone, but that proved to be impossible, so reinforced concrete was used. A plaque used in the dedication on July 4, 1918, can be seen at the site, which reads:
To the memory of the soldiers and sailors of Klickitat County who gave their lives in defense of their country. This monument is erected in hope that others inspired by the example of their valor and their heroism may share in that love of liberty and burn with that fire of patriotism which death alone can quench.
The Maryhill Stonehenge can be visited daily between the hours of 10 am and 5 pm between March 15 and November 15.