Where in the Hudson Valley Contest: “Balancing Act” Boulder

A peculiar rock leaves Valleyites pondering


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Illustration by Cynthia M. Curtis

On an otherwise nondescript road stands a massive boulder, appearing to be precariously perched atop five smaller rocks. It’s fashioned from a 60-ton chunk of pink granite, but curiously, this igneous rock is not native to the surrounding area. It’s just one of the reasons the origins of this Stonehenge-like formation have long perplexed locals and geologists alike.

Most scientists believe this quirky roadside attraction is what’s known as an “erratic,” a glacial leftover from the last Ice Age. But others don’t think it’s the remains of a melting glacier. One Harvard marine biologist suggests it might actually be a man-made dolmen, a stone tomb common in Europe that Bronze-Age seafarers erected for worship purposes.

Whether Native Americans or Celts did, in fact, embrace this site with ceremonial rituals in mind may never be determined. A nearby parking lot makes it possible to do more than merely drive by this super-sized stone; after you touch or crawl underneath it — fears of toppling aside, the structure is solidly in place — a spiritual connection is inevitable.

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