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Smithville, Missouri: Woodhenge

48 old fence posts in a 36-foot square, a replica of mysterious prehistoric "woodhenge," and a target for local vandals. Reported restored Oct. 2020.

Smithville Lake Park

Address:
180th St., Smithville, MO
Directions:
US Hwy 169 two miles north of town, then east on 180th St. into Smithville Lake Park. Park in the lot on the right furthest from the marina, then follow the trail south through the tree line to Woodhenge.
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Replica Woodhenge.

Woodhenge

According to a sign posted at the site, Woodhenge was discovered by archeologists in 1978 in the bed of Smithville Lake. They said that Woodhenge was built between 700 and 1000 AD, and that it was used as a solar calendar to predict dates for hunting, planting, harvesting, and ceremonies.

The site was subsequently re-flooded, but the experts were so impressed by Woodhenge that they built this full-size replica nearby.

[Matt, 04/05/2023]
Woodhenge

The Woodhenge is no longer vandalized. They have replaced the posts as of Fall 2020.

[Sean, 10/17/2020]

Woodhenge.

Vandal-Ravaged Woodhenge

Today we went to Vandal-Ravaged Woodhenge. It is disappointing at best. This place may not be worth visiting any more.

[Wes Plate, 07/20/2014]

Completist Stonehenge fans may still want to visit, if only to remind them why 'henges shouldn't be built of wood.

Vandal-Ravaged Woodhenge

It's too bad that it is damaged. On a nice spot in the lake. Sign says that it is in rehabilitation.

[James, 06/11/2012]
Vandal-Ravaged Woodhenge

This is purportedly an exact replica of a prehistoric Woodhenge discovered and drowned when the Army Corps of Engineers dredged Smithville Lake. Built in 1984, made of 48 old fence posts in a 36-foot square. Reportedly abused by vandals.

[RoadsideAmerica.com Team, 08/02/2007]

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