What to do in Maryhill, WA

If you’re in North Eastern Washington, the American Stonehenge in Maryhill, WA is a must-see place to visit. Sam Hill, a wealthy railroad and utilities magnate, bought 7,000 acres of land and founded the town of Maryhill – hoping to lure Quaker farmers to settle in it. They did not.

After the town burned down in a fire, he surveyed the area and chose the high windswept spot overlooking the Columbia river and began construction on a full sized replica of Stonehenge.

Sam Hill’s memorial is meant to be a memorial to the dead soldiers of World War I, a reminder that humanity is still sacrificed for the god of war.

The Maryhill Museum was also founded by Sam Hill. It was originally intended as a home for Hill and his wife, but after a visit from his friend, Loie Fuller, he decided to turn his unfinished home into a museum.

 

 

I’ve been meaning to post more pics of this trip for a while now. I hope you enjoyed them.

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You have no idea how excited I was to finally get to go see the mini Stonehenge out in the Gorge. As we drove over the bridge at Biggs Junction, you could see it as you got closer to the Washington side of the Columbia river. I may have been exclaiming excitedly: ‘I see it! There it is. There it is!’ – I have been wanting to go see this for years now.

It is actually a war memorial commissioned by Sam Hill started on July 4th 1918 as a memorial to the people who died in World War I and completed in 1929. It was listed on the National Register of Historical places in 2021.

It was so windy when we got out there, I soon had to head back to the car to get a ponytail holder as the wind was whipping my hair into little miniature dreadlocks. It was a warm but powerful breeze. It did not deter my happiness.

Magenta floral smocked top, Nordstrom Rack; bling flip flops, Marshall’s; black sunglasses, Rue 21; Faux denim capris, Marshalls, old.

 

From there it was on to the Maryville Museum, just up the road 4 miles or so. We didn’t have time to go inside, as they were just about to close by the time we made our way around the building looking at the sculptures. There’s a lot to see just walking around the grounds, though.

We had a bit of fun playing with the tumbleweed, both at the mini Stonehenge and at the Maryville Museum.

If you are a wine connoisseur, the Maryville Winery was just up the road from the museum. I am not much of a wino, so we just passed that one by on our way back.

Happy travels to anyone trying to get a last summer vacation in!

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~ All photos were taken by Calvin Hodgson.

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