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Many places around the world seem to have a larger amount of supernatural and paranormal events. Odd, how many of these places share the shape of a triangle. For example, one such location is the BridgeWater Triangle, located up in Southeastern Massachusetts. A location that is just crawling with any and all forms of paranormal goodies, in addition to many mysteries.

Firstly, a spectral figures haunting the woodland regions, to strange creatures lurking in the darkness. Even several UFO sightings stretched throughout the decade. In conclusion, there are no shortage of stories and mysterious. So join us today as we take a deep dive into the tales and oddities surrounding this bizarre location. Meanwhile though, if you have your own stories feel free to contact us!

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The BridgeWater Triangle

The location in question, known as the BridgeWater Triangle, relates to a 200 square mile region [roughly 520 sq km], located within the southeastern portion of Massachusetts; and is essentially our North Eastern equivalent to the phenomenon of the arguably more notorious Bermuda Triangle. The triangle refers to the enclosed area from three Massachusetts towns, Abington, Rehoboth and Freetown.

Similar to the Bermuda Triangle, the BridgeWater triangle has become attached to several alleged paranormal phenomena; along with UFO sightings and strange mysterious creatures. These events and sightings eventually receive a specific boundary and name. All coined by cryptozoologist Loren Coleman, within his book titled Mysterious America; although some reports and sights do obviously stretch across the borders at times.


BACKSTORY & HISTORY

Like many locations along the Eastern Coast of the United States, the BridgeWater area has a long and rich history; especially with it’s close proximity to Boston. Sitting roughly an hour south of the major city and drawing upon its history back to colonial era settlements. With some stories going even further back with Native Tribes and their regional legends.

With that, we shall go over some of the more profound landmarks that provide this location with its interesting history. Before diving into the more specific reports and stories that come from them.


HOCKOMOCK SWAMP

Located in the center of the Triangle, and taking up a relatively large portion of the region, sits Hockomock Swamp; used by the Wampanoag Indian Tribe for several generations before European colonists eventually arrived to the region. Dating even further back before them, other indigenous people have lived in the area. Artifacts from human settlements date as far back as 9,000 years old.

Starting around 300 AD, into Colonial times, Native Tribes depend on the swamp as source of game and bounties. Furthermore, making some areas of the swamp sacred grounds for burial. The Wampanoag both worshiped and feared the region. Their chief deity of death and disease, Hobomock, supposedly dwells in the swamp. The tribe gave the swamp the name ”Hockomock”, meaning ”place where spirits dwell.” Once Early English colonists began to settle the area, they soon began calling the swamp, “Devil’s Swamp.”

In the 17th century, the swamp became a fortress by the Wampanoag Indians, during invasion by early English settlers. During the King Philip’s War, it became a strategic base of operations for Chief Metacomet [met-uh-kom-it], who used the region to initiate attacks against English Settlements. Later on during the 18th and 19th centuries, Euro-American settlers ultimately considered the swamp to be rather worthless. Attempting to drain parts of the swamp in order to create farmland. 


PROFILE ROCK

Within Freetown-Fall River State Park, Profile Rock stands tall amongst the trees. A natural granite formation that to many sightseers resembles a human face that watches over the woods. Locals claim that the natives believed the face to be an image of Chief Massasoit [mas-uh-soit], King Philip’s father (King Philip Died Here), who was rather friendly to the newly arriving English settlers. As of today, the walls of this sacred cliff are littered with graffiti, which is rather sad.

SOLITUDE STONE

A few miles away from Profile Rock, within the hamlet of West Bridgewater at the base of a wooden bridge; hiding what is known as, Solitude Stone. This stone is special due to having a century and a half inscription. These inscriptions are believed to be carved by the Reverend Timothy Otis Paine of the New Church of Jerusalem; a Christian sect founded on the principles of the occultist Emanuel Swedenborg. Whose philosophies may play a role in inspiring Freemasonry. In his doctrine of correspondences, Swedenborg asserted that the physical world was the result of spiritual causes, and the laws of nature reflect on spiritual laws.

DIGHTON ROCK

Perhaps one of the most mysterious spots in this area is known as Dighton [digh-en] Rock. Someone, or a group of people with unknown origin, carved figures of people, animals, and symbols into the massive boulder. The origin and meaning of the markings themselves has been the subject of debate for centuries. Theorists question the persons responsible for the petroglyphs. Ancient Native Americans Tribes, Phoenicians, Norse travels, colonial Portuguese, and even medieval Chinese sailors; all being potential culprits. In the 1950’s the stone was removed from the river by crane and deposited safely on the nearby shore, where a museum was built up around it. Today, a small group of locals help to run the institute.


RUMORS & SIGHTINGS

Dating as far back as colonial times, bizarre sightings and strange events have taken place in and around the location, with several reports still coming out of the area to this day.



GHOSTS & PARANORMAL

Within the forest, several places have an almost dark  or evil presence. One of the more infamous places is that of the 80-foot deep rock quarry known as the Assonet Ledge. Also simply, “The Ledge”, a scar that was came over the landscape, due to the Fall River Granite Company back in the 1800s. People who have visited the location, have often spoke of having a compelling urge to throw themselves over the edge. Allegedly too, there are actually reports that say that some people have, in fact, jumped to their deaths. While others talk of feeling a sense of dread when venturing near the ledge. Visitors report seeing ghosts up along the cliffs. The cliffs themselves also are allegedly hotspots for Satanists and strange cults, and even sightings of UFOs.

PROFILE ROCK GHOSTS

Let’s move back and talk about Profile Rock, which also has its own little bundle of paranormal experiences. Once again, this location is considered sacred to the Wampanoag people of the region. With the rock resembling the image is of Wampanoag Chief Massasoit [mas-uh-soit], whose son died at this very place. Local legends say that Native American ghost dancers are often spied in warrior garb, dancing around the rock. While the ghost of a man has been sighted sitting up upon the rock with his arms outstretched. Other reports of strange glowing orbs of light seen around the rock’s location. Along with visitors claiming to hear disembodied voices.

ANAWAN ROCK

Similar sightings are over at Anawan Rock. Named after Chief Anawan, who surrendered at the location to the colonists, effectively ending the King Philip’s War. Legend says that the angry spirits of Indian warriors continue to haunt the area. Starting spectral fires, while reports of apparitions dancing around this area with distant chanting.

All throughout the Bridgewater Triangle, paranormal reports come from locals and visitors alike. Mysterious glowing eyes of unseen creatures or beings seen in the darkness. Along with glowing lights sighted hovering above the treeline. Reports of Native American ghosts paddling within canoes up and along the forest’s waterways. 


HITCHHIKING GHOSTS

A more infamous ghostly legend that comes out of the Bridgewater Triangle is the story of a couple who were driving along Route 44 back in October 1984, only to have their car broke down. As the man walked up the road on his way to locate a pay phone, he stumbled across a red headed stranger. Many versions of the story have this stranger as essentially being a hitchhiker. The man asked the stranger for help, but the stranger remains silent.

Upon asking the question once more, the man notice that the stranger’s face contorts and remains ghoulish. Out of fear, the man ran back to the car to tell his wife, who had already been standing outside the car, with a terrified look. When asked what was wrong, she stated that she had turned on the radio and heard deranged laughter and a taunting voice that calling out her name.

Again there are several versions of this story, most however involving a red headed spirit of some sort along the road. This story has a lot of similarities with other hitchhiker or highway wandering ghost reports. Although, along with most of those stories, the potential for this simply being a local Urban Legend is very high.

HAUNTED HORBINE SCHOOL

The one-room Horbine School, within Rehoboth, has its former inhabitants supposedly haunting it. Built back in the 1840s, the school was in active use up until 1937. However, visitors can still visit the school on certain Sundays during the summer, or if they set up an appointment. Over the years, despite the building’s small size, visitors of the location have reported hearing voices, disembodied noises and other paranormal activity in and around the school house. Some believe the spirits awoke after the structure had renovations back in 1968. During celebrations of the town’s anniversary.



THE BRIDGEWATER TRIANGLE CREATURES

BIGFOOT

Like many wooded areas around North America, with similarly strange sightings, the Triangle seems to have it’s own reports of a shaggy, ape-like creature seen roaming within the swamp. This creature, reportedly a Bigfoot, has been described as having a horrendous odor. After one of these reports back in the 1970s ended with several farm animals killed, Bridgewater residents organized an expedition in order to search for this ape-like creature, but they ultimately came up empty, finding no trace of the beast.

THUNDERBIRD

The creatures seen within this swamp land only seem to get stranger. As some people have reported seeing giant, black pterodactyl-like creatures with a wingspan stretching anywhere from 8-12 feet in length. One sighting in particular really stands out; In 1971, Police Sergeant Thomas Downy was driving near Bird Hill in Easton, MA, when he claimed to have seen a six-foot-tall creature with a wingspan nearly double its height. He watched as the bird fly off, and went to report it to the Easton Police. Who actually laughed him off, but he continues to stand firm on his story. Some say that this large creature could be that of the mythical Thunderbird, a legendary, giant condor-like bird with great powers seen within several Native American mythologies. 

PUKWUDGIES

The triangle has been the host of several reports involving plenty of bizarre and unique creatures, though one of the strangest has to be that of the Pukwudgies. The word Pukwudgie is a word shared with the Delaware and Wampanoag tribes, meaning “little wild man of the forest.” The creatures were a part of Native American legend and tradition, and are described to be dwarf or troll-like hominids, sporting gray skin and with large ears, fingers, and noses.

These small beings have all sorts of magical powers, abilities, and traits associated with them, including behaviors such as disappearing and shape shifting. Some have said they possess poison arrows and are able to start fires. If visiting the location, be sure to watch your back: As according to the regional lore, the little beings are known to shove people off of Assonet Ledge, within the Freetown State Forest, and are said to be the reason for people disappearing or getting lost or mysteriously dying within the forest.


UFOS SIGHTINGS

The area is also a hotbed of UFO sightings. The first sighting events occur in 1760. A strange and unidentifiable noise began to echo throughout the morning sky. Leading many citizens to look out towards the sky and spot a strange object hovering overhead. In 1968, five people claim that they witnessed a strange ball of light floating among the trees around Rehoboth. 1976, reports of two UFOs landing along Route 44 near Taunton. In 1994, a Bridgewater Law Enforcement Officer reported seeing a triangular shaped craft with red and white lights. In the summer of 1999, a fast-moving UFO that was accompanied by a loud noise, and was reported near Lake Nippenicket.

On July 3, 1972, people in the South Shore area of Massachusetts looked up into the night sky and spotted a strange sight – a large triangular object that looked like a baseball diamond. It was reported to be translucent by many, and the local naval base received numerous calls inquiring about the object. To this day, no one has an answer as to what it was. The object was reportedly visible for over half an hour; at least 26 people confirmed seeing it.

Along with the several UFO sighting in the Bridgewater Triangle. People have also begun seeing bright spheres of fire up in the night sky; with some reportedly being so bright that it lights up entire towns. Multiple witnesses reportedly spotted these balls of fire back in 2011. With just over twenty separate reports being filed by local residents.



LESS EXTREME & TRUE CRIME

SNAKES

Mysteriously monstrous sized snakes have also been known to call the Triangle home. These strange sightings were even reported on by a police officer back in 1970, to the Brockton newspaper. Saying the following at the time: Nothing surprises us much anymore. Last week, a motorist ran over an eight-foot boa constrictor. We still haven’t learned where that came from“. Dating even further back, in 1939, Civilian Conservation Corps, completing projects on King Philip’s Street, at the swamp’s edge. Workers reported to seeing a huge snake “as large in length and as black as a stove-pipe.” The snake coils for a moment, before raising its head, and disappeared into the swamp. Legends within the area also claim that a large snake such as this immerges at least once every year.


CULTS & MURDERS

The forest within the triangle are also sites of various cult activity. Including animal sacrifices and ritualistic murders, committed by admitted Satanists. In the 1990s, police discovered mutilated animals that were believed to have been the work of these cults. All having some ritualistic manners, and suggesting that it is the work of Satanic cultists. The density of forest has also been claimed to be the reason why it is used by other alleged crimes.




Resources

“Bridge Water Triangle”, by Christopher W. Pittman
Creepy Stories About The Bridgewater Triangle, by Laura Allan
Bridgewater | Documentary
Legends of America
Inside The Triangle | Archive Boston.com
The Paranormal Encyclopedia
I Want To Believe Blog Stories




Credits

Episode 11 – The BridgeWater Triangle | Massachusetts’ Weirdness Vortex. Produced by Shane Cummings; Audio Editing & Research by Shane Cummings. Intro & Outro music “Creepy Regrets” by AnMo.

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