Just 30 miles south of Boston lies the mysterious "Bridgewater Triangle," a 200-square mile "vortex" of unexplained paranormal activity. The Bridgewater Triangle is allegedly home to UFO-sightings, animal mutilations, ghosts, orbs, bigfoot sightings, poltergeists and other cryptozoological oddities.
Renowned cryptozoologist Loren Coleman was the first person to call the area the "Bridgewater Triangle" in the 1970s. The towns that make up the points of the "Triangle include Rehoboth, Abington, and Freetown, with Bridgewater in the center. Other towns included in the "vortex" are Raynham, Brockton, Norton, and Taunton.
As a paranormal researcher, Coleman has been intrigued by the paranormal accounts in the area, and has traced paranormal activity back to the 1760s. It was chronicled that on the morning of May 10th, 1760, witnesses reported seeing what they described as an inexplicable "sphere of fire" in the Bridgewater and Roxbury areas, that was even brighter than the sun.
In the towns of Freetown and Fall River there have been several cases of reported animal mutilations. When the local police investigated their findings indicated that the mutilations were the work of a local cult. After a cow was found carved up in the woods, a group of young calves were discovered in a glade so gruesomely mutilated that it appeared to be a "ritual sacrifice."
Just off Route 24, the mutilations and alleged animal sacrifice were discovered in the Freetown Fall River State Forest. It's long been believed to be the site of rituals, not just animal sacrifices but human murders that were committed by Satanic cults. This forest is also the site of many suicides, which adds to its eerie atmosphere.
Next up in the Bridgewater Triangle road trip is Profile Rock, located in the Freetown Fall River State Forest. This site has spiritual significance to the Wampanoag people, and historic significance in that it's allegedly where Anawan, a Wampanoag figure received a "lost wampum belt". Some visitors to Profile Rock have claimed to see a ghostly figure of a man sitting on the rock. According to local legend Native American tribespeople had warrior "ghost dancers" perform ceremonial dances on the rock.
Another mysterious geological feature of the Bridgewater Triangle is the Dighton Rock. The rock is just across from Hockomock Swamp's Grassy Island Burial Grounds, and it has some pretty inexplicable etchings inscribed on the rock. Some people have alleged that the inscriptions come from Vikings, or Native Americans, and some theories speculate that they come from the ancient Phoenicians.
Next up, the ultra-creepy Hockomock Swamp, a 5,000 acre swamp smack dab in the western part of the Bridgewater Triangle. This is the largest swamp in all of New England. Home to a mysterious 8,000 year-old Native American burial ground, when discovered by archaeologists, there bodies disappeared upon excavation. The Wampanoag people called the swamp "the place where spirits dwell," and after visiting you might believe that yourself. There have been several bigfoot sightings in the swamp, and several accounts of a large half-man, half-ape hairy creature prowling the area. There have also been reported sightings of a cryptozoological being called a "Thunderbird," which is best described as a massive pterodactyl-like bird with a large wingspan, between 8 and 12 feet long.
Also, nearby is the Anawan Rock, where Chief Anawan allegedly surrendered to the colonists, thereby bringing an end to King Phillip's War. According to local folklore some people have reported seeing "ghost dancing" by the angry warrior spirits of Chief Anawan. If you visit Hockomock Swamp be prepared that cell service is spotty, GPS is glitchy, and it's very, very dense, so it's easy to get lost. In fact, the colonists called it "Devil's Swamp."
If you venture to Taunton, MA be prepared to have some paranormal encounters. Allegedly parts of the hospital were used by satanic cults during the 1960s and 1970s. There were reports of specters who touched visitors, and orb sightings.
A few key dates to keep in mind with the Bridgewater Triangle: 1760 was the date for the very first "documented UFO report" in the entire world. It was sighted directly over the Bridgewater Triangle. Then, in 1908, local papers reported on another UFO sighting. Then in 1968, several witnesses allegedly saw a large orb floating in the trees in the woods of Rehoboth. Then in the 1970s,UFO sightings were frequently reported in area newspapers. In fact, in 1976 two UFOs were "seen" by witnesses to land along Route 44 in Taunton. A Bridgewater policemen also reported seeing a UFO in 1994 in the town of Raynham.
There are many reasons for the presence of paranormal activity in the area, with many locals claiming the cause to be Native American curses. After the colonists settled the area in the 17th and 18th centuries, the Native American peoples were treated poorly and the "wampum belt" of the Wampanoag people was lost during subsequent battles. this lost belt has allegedly caused significant paranormal unrest amongst the ghost warriors that haunt the Bridgewater Triangle to this day.
As you travel down Route 44 in Rehoboth and Seekonk, keep your eyes peeled for the phantom figure of a red-headed, heavily-bearded hitchhiker. In addition, near Route 138 there also appears to be a ghostly apparition that haunts the road near Hockomock Swamp. Copicut Road in Freetown is allegedly haunted by a ghostly truck driver.