Sheffield in Berkshire County, Massachusetts — The American Northeast (New England)
Thomas E. Reed
Karyn E. Polito
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Air & Space • Notable Events. A significant historical date for this entry is September 1, 1969.
Location. 42° 7.45′ N, 73° 21.249′ W. Marker is in Sheffield, Massachusetts, in Berkshire County. Marker Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Sheffield MA 01257, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Reconstruction of 1854 Covered Bridge (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); American Legion Post 340 Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); Barnard Park (approx. 0.8 miles away); World War II Memorial Trees (approx. 0.8 miles away); Sheffield World War I Monument (approx. 0.8 miles away); Sheffield World War II Monument (approx. 0.8 miles away); Cast Steel Bell (approx. 0.9 miles away); Old Parish Church Clock (approx. 0.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sheffield.
Regarding Off-World Incident.
Thomas Reed, named on the marker, was riding in a station wagon with family over the nearby Sheffield Bridge when they noticed a bright, floating object near their car. The car was flooded in light with an amber glow on both sides of the dirt road. They felt a change in pressure, or an electromagnetic field; a dead silence fell, the light grew brighter, and they found themselves somewhere else.
"Now, we do remember being in what looked like an airplane hanger," he said. "We didn't stay in the car. We were removed from the vehicle, that's true. Where we were, I don't know."
The event was reported on by WSBS radio as 40 people from surrounding towns called in with their accounts of witnessing strange lights that night.
The marker and the white concrete pedestal were removed in 2019 due to controversary over its placement. All has been resolved and the Thom Reed UFO Monument Park was created and the marker reinstalled. The park is dedicated to Thom’s late father, Howard W. Reed, Ph.D.
The 1969 incident has been recognized by the International UFO Museum and Research Center in Roswell, NM and was a subject at the 1992 United Nations Symposium on Extraterrestrial Intelligence and Human Future.
Also see . . .
1. Thom Reed UFO Park - by Thom Reed. The 1st UFO case officially inducted into the U.S. as "historically true". More information and videos regarding the incident. (Submitted on February 6, 2021, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
2. Thom Reed UFO Monument Park - UpCountry Magazine. (Submitted on February 19, 2021, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
1. Historic marker should not be removed
It is an important part of local history as well as US UFO history and should be allowed
— Submitted June 7, 2019, by Fred Deitz of Gainesville, Virginia.
Credits. This page was last revised on February 20, 2021. It was originally submitted on December 6, 2018, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 729 times since then and 157 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on February 19, 2021, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. 2, 3. submitted on December 6, 2018, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. 4. submitted on February 6, 2021, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.