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An Oglethorpe County couple got a little more than they bargained for when they bought a 53-acre tract to add to their Oglethorpe County farm.
Ted and Patsy Hughes knew beforehand about the slightly mysterious formal garden, with its granite arrows laid out in compass directions. They didn't know about the meteorite crater, though.
The crater, a shallow bowl about 100 feet across where nothing much grows but briars, and circular rows of granite blocks are set in the bowl and Ted Hughes thinks it looks something like a church.
A neighbour told the couple about the meteorite crater a year or so ago, and a friend found an old bit of documentation - a note published in an unknown journal about 60 years ago by Frederick C. Leonard of the Department of Astronomy at the University of California at Los Angeles.
According to the note, the so-called Smithonia siderite (a meteorite consisting mainly of iron and nickel) was discovered in 1940 by an Elberton man named Corbett Simmons. Simmons sold the 154-pound meteorite to the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago.
The note doesn't give the exact location of the meteorite, however, so Ted Hughes said he can't be completely sure that his farm was home to the Smithonia siderite.

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