America's Stonehenge (a.k.a. Mystery Hill) in North Salem, New Hampshire is one of the few places with stone chambers that are open to the public. Like England's Stonehenge, There's nothing like it. There are more stone chambers closely clustered together here than anywhere else in New England. In colonial times, this site was owned by Jonathan Pattee, a farmer who lived there from 1826 to 1848. Certainly at least some of the remains date from that time, but other parts may be a bit earlier.
The Sacrifice Stone. Some say this was the floor of a wine-type press, and the groove around the base gathered the juice. Behind this stone is an impressive ""shaped chamber. At the bottom of the , there is a eight inch wide hole that exits under the Sacrificial stone. Some, with a more jaundiced view, say it was used to speak through - a voice from the other side. It is actually very difficult to determine just how old and just who built this stone complex.
Over the years, a great deal of work has gone on at this site in an attempt to figure out who built it. As its older name, Mystery Hill, implies, it has been quite difficult to determine just who built what at this most unusual site.
There is an irregular ring of stones that go around the complex of stone structures. This one marks the Winter Solstice sunset notice the notch in the background.
This is one of the few chambered sites in New England that is open to the public, so while it is not typical of many of the other sites, it does seem to exhibit the characteristics of sacred space.
Other New England Chambers
There are chambers like the ones in Vermont throughout most of New England and the Hudson River Valley of New York state. Hut C in western Massachusetts. Notice the roots of the trees around the mouth of the chamber. These Tolkinesque root structures are found frequently with the Earth energies. Many chambers drop down to the floor which is below ground level.
This chamber is also in western Massachusetts. The red and white stick is for scale, and is a meter long. The flat land and fence in the background is a cemetery, but unlike the receiving vaults, this one clearly would not hold a body, so must have been used for something else.
This slab constructed chamber is in Putnam County New York (North of New York City) in the Hudson River Valley. All of chambers in this section have veins if primary underground water running underneath them.
This one is in New Hampshire. Colgate Gilbert has been active in NEARA (the New England Antiquities Research Association) for over thirty years. NEARA was one of the early organizations set up to investigate these lithic sites. It is still active today.
Gungywamp Swamp, Groton, Connecticut
Just behind the Groton naval yard is a unique collection of lithic material in a place called Gungywamp Swamp.
This is past American Society of Dowsers (ASD) Trustee Hugo Meyer at one of the chambers in Gungywamp. Hugo has traveled the world seeking ancient sacred sites, and has brought a lot to dowsing.
There are several chambers at Gungywamp as well as a number of other very interesting lithic features. This chamber is quite close to the first chamber, and has an unusual "pocket chamber" to the right as you enter.