From the tales of Stephen King to the horrors of H.P. Lovecraft, New England has long been a natural setting for tales of the supernatural and of the unexplained. One of the epicenters of stories of the paranormal and accounts that cannot be easily defined by science is a 200-square mile area known as the Bridgewater Triangle. Extending from Abington in the north to Rehoboth in the west and Freetown in the east, the Bridgewater Triangle has long been home to lore of ghost sightings, UFOs, cult activity, mythical thunderbirds, and other such phenomena. In the midst of this, there is a boulder with ancient carvings beside a river. To this day, it is not known who created these carvings in the rock, or why. With a beautiful spring day unfolding before me, I set off to explore this mysterious site in Massachusetts.
Dighton Rock is a forty-ton boulder located in Berkeley, Massachusetts. Originally situated in the riverbed of the Taunton River, the five-foot tall sandstone boulder is covered with petroglyphs- carved shapes and figures in rock face. While it is accepted that the carvings are ancient, pre-dating European colonization of North America, what is not known is who created the petroglyphs. There are several theories as to who made the carvings: Native Americans, Portuguese, Vikings, Phoenicians, or Chinese. Equally lost to time is the meaning of the inscriptions. In the early 1960s, the rock was removed from the river and placed on display in a museum on the riverbank. Channeling my inner-Agent Mulder, I headed to Dighton Rock State Park to see if the truth is out there.
If you’re interested in exploring more of this fascinating section of New England, you can set your GPS for Dighton Rock State Park. Call ahead for a tour of the museum, however, because while it is free to visit, you must schedule an appointment (the museum remains locked otherwise). You can explore Profile Rock at Freetown-Fall River State Forest, which is open year round from sunrise to sunset. For a more detailed exploration of the Bridgewater Triangle, I’d highly recommend this article from the Roadtrippers website. I thoroughly enjoyed learning more about the unsolved mystery of Dighton Rock in this quiet section of Massachusetts. Thank you for coming along on another journey down the open road ahead!