Circle of Stones

On the west side of Beaver Island, below Angeline's Bluff, is an enigmatic circle of stones. Long forgotten, the circle was rediscovered in the 1980s. The construction consists of a circle of glacial boulders that is nearly 400' feet across. The center stone has a hole apparently bored or carved into the center. It takes a bit of tramping around in the forest to get an idea of how big this is. Several of these stones have markings that have been interpreted as an ancient script or rock faces. Another face rock is in front of the museum downtown. The circle of stones is an ancient construction. A large sign, with a map, has been erected at the circle to commemorate the vision and determination of M. T. Bussey, the archaeologist who first recognized the circle as a man-made structure. Her remarkable research continues to determine the age and origin of this site, and the complex of other circles, that are deep in the wilderness of the island.

center stone


Beaver Island is a favorite Michigan Back Roads getaway.