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Caged Monument of Important Rocks

Caged Monument of Important Rocks

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Maggie Valley, North Carolina

The Masons, a fraternal organization, held their North Carolina summer get-together at this spot for years. Always partial to rocks, the Masons decided to mark the location with a permanent rock monument. According to a large sign next to the monument -- now protected inside a metal fence -- the Masons gathered 687 rocks "from the various states, 41 nations, and every continent, including Antarctica." It was cemented together in 1938.

The monument suffers from a lack of a visual visitor guide to distinguish one rock from another -- but according to the Masons it includes a rock from an Egyptian pyramid, one from the Alamo, a couple of dinosaur gizzard stones, and chunks of the homes of three U.S. Presidents: Andrew Johnson, Warren Harding, and Franklin Roosevelt. There's also a Nicaraguan bird idol, a seven-foot-long stone window sill from a North Carolina jail, a brick from The White House, and a chunk of marble from the first statue of George Washington, which was destroyed in 1831.

Caged Monument of Important Rocks

Heintooga Ridge Rd, Maggie Valley, NC
On the Blue Ridge Parkway heading south toward Great Smoky Mountains National Park, make a right turn on Heintooga Road at mile post 458.2. Drive 3.6 miles to Black Camp Gap. Park at a parking area on the right. Walk one of the two trails for a couple of hundred feet to the monument.
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