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The Spooky Mystery of Ponyhenge is New England's Version of Stonehenge

Yana Bostongirl

You may be familiar with Stonehenge, the prehistoric stone circle that is located in Wiltshire, England but unless you are familiar with northeastern Massachusetts, you may not have heard of the spooky mystery that is ponyhenge.

Oxford Languages defines henge as follows: a prehistoric monument consisting of a circle of stone or wooden uprights. Ponyhenge also known as The Rocking Horse Graveyard is a mysterious herd of rocking horses that inexplicably multiplies and rearranges. This is how an article on atlasobscura.com describes it: an assortment of ride-atop ponies: a few rocking horses, but mostly the kind made with springs, for bouncing–galloping without going anywhere.

Even though it only dates back to around a dozen years, its origins are shrouded in mystery just like its counterpart in England. Nobody knows how these rocking horses ended up in a field in Lincoln, Massachusetts.

This is an excerpt from an article published on roadtrippers.com: James Pingeon and his wife Elizabeth Graver own the land on which the ponies sit, and live next door. Pingeon told the Boston Globe that the installation grew from a Headless Horseman prop discarded after a Halloween celebration. “It started out where we had a little Halloween show, and they had a Headless Horseman in the field, and we didn’t know what to do with the horse afterward,” he told the Globe. “So we thought, ‘Oh, let’s just leave it in the field." 

Ponyhenge attracts those who come for the spooky appeal of the Rocking Horse Graveyard, while others come to enjoy the scenery. Yet some have chosen this site to exchange marriage vows.

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