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Sheffield, Massachusetts: Reed UFO Encounter Park

Where the Reed family encountered a UFO and were removed from their station wagon in 1969. A monument was unveiled to mark the spot in 2015. Town officials had it hauled away in 2019. A small metal marker was installed in 2020.

Covered Bridge Lane, Sheffield, MA
From downtown Sheffield drive north on US-7 for one mile. Turn right onto Covered Bridge Lane (It's just before a white church on the right). Drive to the parking area, then walk across the covered bridge. Look for the small circular marker on a pole.
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Thom Reed UFO Monument Park

The Thom Reed UFO Monument Park is small, but propagates an unparalleled spark. "Unsolved Mysteries - Berkshires UFO" was filmed here, as was the History Channel's "Ancient Aliens." A thought-provoking place for many reasons. No bathrooms, but a bar and restaurant are within walking distance. Per a local, "It's our little park with heart. We like it."

[Daniel, 08/26/2020]

The monument, commemorating a 1969 UFO encounter, was removed by the town in 2019. A smaller metal sign now stands in its place.

Plaque with governor's endorsement.

UFO Monument Park

A monument recalling a 1969 "off-world incident" experienced by the local Reed family was removed by Sheffield road crews on June 4, 2019. The monument was originally dedicated and paid for by the community. The town originally placed the monument on an abandoned right of way, then later moved it onto private property owned by a local farmer, with his permission.

Thomas Reed was only nine when he said his family was "taken aboard a tarnished circular looking vessel."

According to the Thom Reed UFO Monument website, the monument was hauled away only 90 days before the incident's 50th anniversary, and local police won't say where it is.

[ Team, 06/06/2019]


Thom Reed UFO Monument Park

This unique park exudes an eerie energy. By day it's a historical marker for Mr. Reed and a park with benches, lights, and signs donated by TV's "Ancient Aliens" and the Roswell UFO Museum. But once the sun goes down it's a different place. The dirt road where the Reed family drove offered a thick undertow, one that jarred our senses. A steady flow of visitors; bring a drink.

[Pam, 10/27/2018]

In case of Close Encounter, consume beverages that heighten, not deaden, the senses to combat the aliens' mind-wipe tricks.

UFO Monument.

Thomas Reed UFO Monument Park

The UFO park is a beautiful, intriguing area of land, perfect for a picnic, near a covered bridge and cornfields. Amid the landscape stands a monument, the only one of its kind, to an actual UFO abduction. Documented as true by the Great Barrington Historical Society. We went there during the day as well as the evening, when it becomes aglow with orbs, strange lights, shadows, and figures. It is an amazing place to explore for everyone, especially paranormal and UFO enthusiasts. I loved it!

[Karen Pinsonnault, 12/02/2017]

UFO Monument.

Thom Reed UFO Monument Park

The Thom Reed UFO Monument Park is sponsored by, among others, the International UFO Museum in Roswell and Thom Reed of Miami Models. We noticed sponsored benches, solar lights, and the official State Seal of Massachusetts and Governor's induction letters affixed to the marker.

[How-cool-is-this, 07/09/2017]

The Reed family had its Close Encounter here on September 1, 1969.

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