BridgeWater MA Town Page
Bridgewater, Massachusetts, is a small town located in Plymouth County. The Bridgewater Triangle (a registered trademark of the Bridgewater Triangle Historical Society and Museum) covers Bridgewater, West Bridgewater, and East Bridgewater.
The land was first settled in 1662 by English settlers led by Reverend Clark, who recently arrived from England on Mary Anne's ship.
Reverend Clark and his parishioners founded the town.
As such, it became known as "Clark's Town."
In its early days, many of Bridgewater's citizens had militia ties to the local Minuteman companies.
For example, Captain Joshua Vickery led a company of Minutemen in the Revolutionary War era.
Later on, the population of Bridgewater began to overgrow due to mechanization in mills across Massachusetts, causing workers from other parts of Massachusetts and neighboring states to move into Bridgewater families for work opportunities.
Bridgewater got another boost in 1854 when shoe manufacturing companies started moving into town.
The most notable of these was the Osborn Shoe Company, one of the largest shoe factories in New England under William Osborn.
One of the oldest structures in Bridgewater is a house built by Captain Benjamin Bourne.
This two-story building was constructed with half-log siding over a stone foundation and has changed very little since its construction.
It is now located at 540 East Center Street on the corner of Wigwam Avenue.
The most critical event in Bridgewater's history was the King Philip's War (1675-1676).
During this war, Clark's Town served as an encampment for troops headed to battle against Metacomet, also known as "King Philip," who had led an uprising of Native Americans against the English settlers' encroachment into their territory.
One such leader was Wampanoag Indian Chief Sachem (leader) Massasoit (1580-1661), who had signed a peace treaty with the English settlers in 1621 after they arrived in Plymouth.
Unfortunately, this peace was broken when Metacomet demanded that the English settlers leave Wampanoag's land.
Metacomet and his band of Native Americans attacked many towns around Massachusetts, causing significant damage to them under his rule. He also captured Christian Indians and sold them to the Europeans as slaves for about 8 pounds each.
Bridgewater, MA: Home to Paranormal Activities
Many people believe that Bridgewater Triangle contains paranormal activity, such as UFO sightings, Bigfoot/Dogman encounters, and another unexplained phenomenon that makes this location quite popular among tourists and skeptics alike.
In addition, there have been numerous reports of unusual animal behavior in this area, particularly dogs, cats, deer, and cows behaving abnormally.
There are also reports of UFO activity in the area.
Visitors claim to see brightly-lit objects that move very quickly, either horizontally or vertically, without making any noise at all other than a soft humming sound.
Some say these lights appear to interact with each other causing them to form patterns in the sky.
Sightings of Dogman have occurred here as well; this creature is described as being upright like a man but covered in fur with glowing red eyes similar to that of an animal's eyes at night time. It supposedly walks on two legs.
Modern research had shown that Bridgewater Triangle was once part of ancient tribal lands belonging to Native Americans who lived there many years before English settlers arrived.
Archaeologists have found evidence of numerous campsites and burial mounds; however, we still don't know why they left the area or what happened to them.
The following are four locations in Bridgewater Triangle that are known for paranormal activity:
Snake Den Road is officially named Indian Head Street, but people call it "Snake Den" due to a story about an Indian snake god who lived there many years ago.
Raynham-Bridgewater Historical Society currently owns this site.
Visitors report seeing balls of light floating through the trees at night, moving in bizarre patterns unlike anything ever registered before.
There was also one incident where two officers witnessed mysterious lights circling this location, causing their car's engine to sputter sporadically when these lights were close to them.
One officer and the girlfriend of the other officer who was present both experienced feelings of terror at this location; however, they could shake these feelings off before returning.
Witnesses report seeing a black panther-like or cougar-like cat here as well as a large dog with no eyes (similar to one described in Bridgewater Triangle's Dogman legend).
This dog walks on its back legs and emits a sulfuric scent that is so strong it can cause visitors to feel nauseous if they are standing near it.
There have also been reports of children screaming for help from this area, but no one ever seems to be there when anyone goes looking for them.
The Hockomock Swamp covers over 15,000 acres of land, and many people have disappeared there over the years, never to be seen again.
It's a hazardous area due to unmarked roads winding through it and alligators living in its waters.
There is also a great deal of pollution from the paper mills surrounding this location, making it highly unhealthy for humans to breathe toxic fumes.
In addition, people have claimed to see phantom cars driving along these unmarked roads only to disappear without a trace when someone tries to drive up these same roads later.
Tourism in Bridgewater, MA
Most people don't believe that UFOs are real because they have never seen one up close. However, Bridgewater Triangle is the only place where so many different people have observed UFO activity over such a long period that it's difficult to deny what goes on in this area.
This is what makes up Bridgewater's tourism through the years.
Bridgewater Triangle's UFO activity has been featured in some television documentaries and movies.
Bridgewater Tourism Committee was set up to promote this area which is credited with the economic boost through these documentaries.
In 1855, a man named Simon Goudy went missing in Bridgewater Triangle without a trace.
A few days later, his body was found, but there was something extraordinary about it.
His limbs were torn from his torso, and all four paws had been removed from his legs; his face had been completely mutilated beyond recognition, making it difficult for people to identify who he was even though they knew him by sight.
People didn't believe that an animal could have caused this much destruction to humans, especially not an entire pack of animals.
In 1887, Eva Higgins was attacked by a large dog or an unknown creature with the accurate description of a large black panther-like cat walking on its back legs and emitting sulfuric fumes.
When she screamed for help, three men came running to her rescue to find this creature standing over Eva's dead body. The men shot at it to frighten it off, but there is no record of anyone ever finding animal remains resulting from this shooting, so people believe that whatever left Eva's body did not die there.
Dogman sightings have continued into the present day, with some reports differing slightly from what has already been described here; however, most accounts talk about seeing the same thing:
A dog/panther walking upright on its back legs, emitting poisonous fumes from its mouth.
UFOs are the most unusual sightings reported throughout Bridgewater Triangle.
Most of these observations have consisted of large bright lights that appear to follow cars or blink in and out of existence, along with mass-sighting reports where entire groups of people see the same thing simultaneously.
There were even specific days when up to five different UFO sightings occurred within 24 hours.
Visitors claim that there are more than just lights in the sky.
Some say they've seen unidentified objects take off when their cameras start filming them unexpectedly.
There have also been reports of strange aircraft landing in Hockomock Swamp during overnight hours with no one visible anywhere around these locations.
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