The Bridgewater Triangle

Posted by junketseo in Salem Ghost Tours
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The Bridgewater Triangle is a curious spot in southeastern Massachusetts that’s known for all manner of wacky supernatural hijinks. The area compromising the Bridgewater Triangle is about 200 square miles – 520 square kilometers for everyone else in the world. It is a smorgasbord of alleged paranormal phenomena, ranging from ghosts, poltergeists, demons, and specters to UFOs, balls of fire, St. Elmos’ fire, Marfa lights, and various monster sightings. 




Renowned cryptozoologist Loren Coleman first drew up the specific borders of the Bridgewater Triangle. The term was coined by the man himself in the 1970s and then made popular in his book Mysterious America, a sort of guide/road map/ travel diary of all the weird things America has to offer. 

Coleman jotted down that the Bridgewater Triangle encompasses the towns of Abington, Rehoboth, and Freetown at the points of the triangle. The towns of Brockton, Whitman, West Bridgewater, East Bridgewater, Bridgewater, Middleboro, Dighton, Berkley, Raynham, Norton, Easton, Lakeville, Seekonk, and Taunton have agent Mulder and Skully on speed dial. In the 1980s, paranormal investigators broadened the triangle and included an area in neighboring Vermont called the Bennington Triangle. 


Points of Interest In the Bridgewater Triangle


Profile Rock: this is, according to legend, the site where Wampanoag historical figure Anawan received the lost wampum belt from Philip, the first peace treaty made between the Native people of America. Belts of these types were powerful spiritual charms.

“Philip’s belt, curiously woven of wampum nine inches broad in black and white figures and flowers, and many pictures of birds and bears. This, when hung upon Captain Church’s shoulders, reached to his ankles. And another belt of wampum he presented to him wrought after the former manner, which Philip was wont to put upon his head. It had two flags on the back part which hung down his back, and another small belt with a star upon the end of it, while he used to hang upon his breast.”

On certain days, right before sunset, the ghost of a man can be seen with his legs crossed and outstretched arms blessing the State Forest.

Dighton Rock: gray-brown crystalline sandstone with a medium to coarse texture. It’s inscribed with Petroglyphs of mysterious origins.

Hockomock Swamp: one of the most haunted central sites to the legend of the Triangle. In Algonquian, it means “the place where the spirits dwell.”

Freetown-Fall River State Forest: The Freetown-Fall River State Forest has reportedly been the place of numerous cult activity, animal sacrifice, ritualistic murders committed by admitted Satanists, as well as several gangland assassinations and a surprising amount of suicides. 

Solitude Stone: yet another weird, enigmatic inscribed stone. It’s located near Forest Street in West Bridgewater. The stone was found next to a missing person’s body, an apparent suicide. The rock is also known as “suicide stone.” Carved unto its surface: 

“All ye, who in future days, Walk by Nunckatessett stream Love not him who hummed his lay Cheerful to the parting beam, But the beauty that he wooed.”


Things that go bump in the night


Near Hockomock Swamp, reports abound of Bigfoot sightings. Huge creatures, ape-like in appearances, skulking about.

Norton Police Sergeant Thomas Downy claims—and even files a report—that he had witnessed a thunderbird. The mythical Thunderbird, a giant pterodactyl-like flying monstrosity with 12-foot wingspans, is constantly spotted in the area near Hockomock Swamp and neighboring Taunton.

Ghosts and poltergeists are said to haunt most of the area. Most are said to be Native Americans trapped in an endless loop of violence, reliving those first hostile encounters with Invading European forces.

Freetown and Fall River are particularly nasty hotspots. The area is shrouded in staggering accounts and numbers of animal mutilations. Police are constantly being called to investigate a cult’s handiwork. Two specific incidents, both in 1998, still haunt the community. One in which a cow was found butchered in the woods. The other in which a group of calves and goats mutilated, grotesquely, in a clearing. Both were part of a ritual sacrifice.

Another factor that contributes to the madness of The Bridgewater Triangle is the fact that local criminals and mob outfits have laid a claim to the area. They use its remote location and bizarre negative energy output to hide their dirty, dark deeds. Dozens of bodies have been found, their skulls shattered execution still, within the Triangle.

According to legend, the reason why the Bridgewater Triangle is such a hot zone of paranormal activities is that the Native Americans cursed the swamp centuries ago. The Natives put a malady in the area on account of the poor treatment they received from Colonial settlers. The tales say that it owes its paranormal unrest because the Natives summoned up dark spirits to damn the land and have their revenge on their European meddlers. 

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