mhh-heatherton-obelisk-07.jpgThere is something special happening tonight and Monte Hewett Homes is celebrating. Everyone knows that the longest day of the year, also known as the Summer Solstice, is June 21st, but this year is a little different. For the first time since 1975, the year’s longest day and shortest night will occur today, June 20th.  And if your really want to see something spectacular, visit Heatherton, a Monte Hewett Homes community in Roswell, because the exact moment when the northern hemisphere comes closest to the sun will be marked with Stonehenge-like shadows in a formal hedge maze. Located near GA 400 and Holcomb Bridge Road, the Heatherton Folly is a maze consisting of two partially overlapping labyrinths. The larger labyrinth ends at the Solstice Spire, whose shadow marks the seasons. In addition to casting its shortest shadow of the year at Summer Solstice, the spire will strike two black rocks just outside the maze with its shadow. The only other day of the year when the shadow hits these two rocks is at the Winter Solstice, the longest night of the year and the time the spire casts its longest shadow. The second labyrinth ends at the Equinox Spire, whose shadow points mark the time. Developed by Harold Cunliffe of the Pacific Group, this civil engineering feat also marks Heatherton’s position on the earth, 83 degrees longitude and 34 degrees latitude, by the angular measurement between the stones that circle the two labyrinths. With the Summer Solstice happening today, you should really mark the special occasion by celebrating with Monte Hewett and trying out the maze. Of course, while you are there, you should look into these new homes in Roswell.

    Leave a Reply

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *