Originally conceived as a “Circle of Friendship” displaying rocks from all over the world, the Friendship Rock represents international cooperation and partnership, much like the Garden itself. The Friendship Rock is a “bluestone” that originated from the Preseli Mountains in the United Kingdom and is the similar to the type of rock that can be found at the center of Stonehenge.
After a long journey through time and significant places in the United Kingdom, the Friendship Rock arrived at the International Peace Garden where it sits on the 49th parallel. As this rock has traveled from place to place, and rested along its journey, it has been touched by thousands of individuals and become part of a story of deep connection dating back to the 1800’s. The Friendship Rock is located along the border, about 50 yards northwest of the 9/11 Memorial.