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Sheffield in Berkshire County, Massachusetts — The American Northeast (New England)
 

Off-World Incident

 
 
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By Michael Herrick, December 6, 2018
1. Off-World Incident Marker
Inscription.
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Thomas E. Reed
On behalf of the citizens of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, I am pleased to confer upon you this Governor's Citation in recognition of the off-world incident on September 1st, 1969, which engaged the Reed Family, which has been established. Your dedicated service to the incident was factually upheld, founded, and deemed historically significant and true by means of Massachusetts Historians. The records highlighting the historic event are now officially part of the Great Barrington, MA Historical Society's Collection and your recent induction into Massachusetts history.
This Third Day of November in the Year 2015
Charles D. Baker
Governor
Karyn E. Polito
Lieutenant Governor

 
Erected 2015.
 
Location. 42° 7.45′ N, 73° 21.249′ W. Marker is in Sheffield, Massachusetts, in Berkshire County. Marker can be reached from Covered Bridge Lane near S Main Street (U.S. 7), on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Next to the covered bridge. Marker is in this post office area: Sheffield MA 01257, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Reconstruction of 1854 Covered Bridge (about
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By Michael Herrick, December 6, 2018
2. Off-World Incident Marker
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,
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By Michael Herrick, December 6, 2018
3. Off-World Incident Marker
that's true. Where we were, I don't know."
The next thing he knew, he was back in the station wagon, but his mother and grandmother had switched spots and more than two hours had gone by.
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.
There is controversy over the events of that night, the decision of the historical society to recognize the event, that the citation from the governor may have been issued in error and lastly the future of the marker,
 
Categories. Notable Events
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 6, 2018. This page originally submitted on December 6, 2018, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 51 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on December 6, 2018, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.
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