Outside of Hunt,
sits Stonehenge II, a copy of the original Stonehenge located more
than 3,500 miles away on the Salisbury Plain in England.
as large as the original, the
Texas Stonehenge was built by
Al Sheppard and Doug Hill, two visionary
Texas cowboys with money to
spend and time to spare.
It all started when Doug Hill had finished
pouring a patio in 1989. Left with a spare slab of limestone, he
offered it to his friend and neighbor, Al Sheppard.
Sheppard liked how
the stone looked and soon planted it upright on his property, but he
wasn’t sure people could see it from the road. From there, Al
and Doug built a 13-foot arch behind the monolith and that was
just the beginning. Soon, a whole circle of "stones” began to
rise from the earth.
Doug Hill began to
fabricate stone "look-alikes” from steel, metal lathe and plaster.
Painted and anchored with cement, these fabrications look like the
real thing. After about nine months, their masterpiece was
complete. Or, so they thought.
No, some eighteen months later, two 13-foot-tall Easter Island
look-alikes were added, standing silently guarding the Stonehenge
Sheppard passed away in 1994, but the property remained in his family
until 2010. After the property was sold, Stonehenge II was
relocated to the Hill Country Arts Foundation in Ingram, TX. HCAF is
located just off Junction Highway at 120 Point Theater Rd. South.
For more information See:
Hill Country Arts Foundation
of America, updated May, 2016.