State’s Urban Legends: Massachusetts

Massachusetts is a small state with a big history. Much of that history has a dark side that haunts it. Supernatural tales liberally pepper the past of this important part of our national identity. From the Bridgewater Triangle to the Salem Witch Trials, Massachusetts possesses a cornucopia of filled with fresh delights for the urban fantasy fan.


Bridgewater Triangle

The Bridgewater, MA Triangle

The Bridgewater, MA Triangle

According to Wikipedia, the term Bridgewater Triangle applies to an area of Massachusetts that is about 200 square miles. This particular area boasts a long history of creeping people out: area tribes reportedly hated the forests and swamps held in this supernatural triangle long before white settlers arrived.

Many legends from the tribes focus on a wampum belt lost in King Philip’s War. This war occurred in what is now the American northeast in the late 1600’s.

The Bridgewater Triangle has been linked to a diverse array of supernatural and possibly magical phenomena. Over in the Freetown-Fall River State Forest, numerous animal mutilations have been reported, and the location has long been noted for its abundance of occultist activity. Admitted Satanists have murdered people there, in addition to a number of dubious gangland-style homicides and reported suicides.

In addition, UFOs, poltergeists, Bigfoot, Thunderbirds, and even bright orbs of light have been documented in the infamous Bridgewater Triangle. Cryptozoologist and author Loren Coleman is regarded as being the first to identify the area, as well as gifting it its name.

The paranormal encyclopedia describes it as one of the world’s most concentrated areas of diverse paranormal reports. Located less than an hour south of Boston, a heavily populated, historic city, it makes for an interesting story.


Hockomock Swamp

An 8,000-year-old Indian burial ground lies within the Hockomock Swamp. Yes, it also is part of the myth of the Bridgewater Triangle. Thus, it is the proud parent of many infamous tales of horror and woe. The Wampanoag tribe even held a special name for this marshy morass: It is the place where spirits dwell. They tried to avoid it.

Bridgewater, the town that plays both a literal and metaphorical role as the center of this alleged paranormal vortex of vile acts, also…you guessed it: They have a state psychiatric hospital. For a town that noted a bright orb of light hovering over it in its infancy, perhaps it is natural that they would eventually become home to the criminally insane.


Beyond Bridgewater

Beyond Bridgewater, Massachusetts is home to the Lizzie Borden house, a notable site for the curious and macabre. In addition, they own the rights to Burial Hill and the John Corwin house in Salem.

Salem, Massacusetts runs nightly tours where brave souls can hunt for encounters with the otherworldly.

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Stanley Gray

Stanley Gray is an award-winning writer living in the Pacific Northwest. His bestselling works include Traits of Darkness, book one in the Gems of Paradise series. Beyond writing and exploring the contours of urban fantasy, Stanley loves reading, spending time with his family, and his pets. You can connect with him via Facebook, Twitter, Amazon.