Neolithic Britons (or nature-worshiping
Druids or space aliens, depending on who you
listen to) began assembling Stonehenge on
the plains of Salisbury, England more than 5000
years ago. Its original purpose is still being
debated ... but there is no mystery (or purpose,
really) behind the Texas Hill Country’s version.
Stonehenge II was created as an art project by
the late Al Shepperd, a Hill Country Arts
Foundation patron, and his neighbor Doug Hill
more than 20 years ago on Shepperd’s land in
nearby Hunt, Texas.
It took nine months to build and is 90 percent
as tall and 60 percent as wide as the original.
Giving free range to his whimsy, Shepperd added
two 13-foot Easter Island head replicas for good
Shepperd’s death, the megalithic circle along
with its Easter Island sidekicks needed a new
home. In an effort to preserve this true Texas
landmark, the sculptures were relocated
stone-by-stone to their final resting place
beside the Guadalupe River on the campus of the
Hill Country Arts Foundation.
Future plans for Stonehenge II include a dance
floor, sidewalks, and benches, according to HCAF
Executive Director Brenda Harrison. Donations
are being accepted to complete the project.
to donate online or call 830-367-5121.
Stonehenge II has been visited by thousands of
tourists since its inception in Hunt, Texas over
20 years ago. Tour bus loads as well as single
out-of-towners have sought out Doug Hill’s
sculpture over the years making it a worldwide
Come see for yourself why others are drawn to
this unique work of art.