Okay, for a Halloween post on our blog, ohDEER is compelled to feature what many believe is among the most haunted, and the most supernatural and paranormal saturated places on the planet – one that is also a home most hospitable to those creatures that ohDEER, with its proprietary all natural sprays and applications, keeps off your property: deer, mosquitoes, and ticks.
We are talking about the Hockomock Swamp, the largest freshwater swamp in Massachusetts. Located in the southeastern portion of the state, the swamp comprises 17,000 acres, and takes in portions of the towns of Bridgewater, Easton, Norton, Taunton, and West Bridgewater.
Hockomock, which is the name that the Wampanoag, the first people of the region, gave to the swamp, means, in the native language, “place where spirits dwell.” The Wampanoag found good spirits in the Hockomock – in the form of food (wildlife and plants) – and bad spirits – in the form of the mysterious and unknown.
Early white settlers called the area “Devil’s Swamp.”
Colleen Garvin Upham, co-owner, with her husband, Kurt Upham, of ohDEER, grew up in Easton, and about three miles from the northern most tip of the swamp.
The swamp is located within another area of purported supernatural and paranormal activity, the Bridgewater Triangle.
The Hockomock Swamp and Bridgewater Triangle have been featured in books, periodical articles, and film documentaries.
Ross A. Muscato, a writer, who lives in Easton, and who writes most of the content for our blogs, wrote, for Halloween, a story on the Hockomock Swamp that was published 10 years ago in the Globe South section of the Boston Globe.
Here is an excerpt from the story:
“Over generations, many have believed the Hockomock is home to spirits, strange animals, and more. Stories abound: There are the vicious, giant dogs with red eyes seen ravenously sinking their fangs into the throats of ponies; a flying creature that resembled a pterodactyl, the dinosaur that could fly; Native-American ghosts paddling canoes; and glowing somethings hovering above the trees. There’s also talk of a shaggy half-man, half-ape seen shuffling through the woods.”
Please here to be taken to the full text of the article.
Other media sources people interested in the Hockomock Swamp may want to search out are are a book released in 2014, and which has received strong reviews, Hockomock: Place Where the Spirits Dwell, written by Peter Tower, an Easton native; and also, the Bridgewater Triangle Facebook page of Kristen Good.
You, for sure, can find a lot of deer in the Hockomock Swamp, at any time -and during the warmer times of the year, you best be covered, and have applied spray, if you are in the swamp to keep off ticks, and ward off assault by mosquitoes – which, in the summer, in the deep swamp, arrive in waves that are incessant, and deliver misery.
Of course, there are those who believe – and are firm in their beliefs – that there are strange presences in the Hockomock Swamp, and firmly believe that things occur in the swamp that are not manifest in the natural world.
Skeptics abound, for sure. But what is also certain is that the stories have abounded, since colonial times, about the peculiar and unexplained and unsettling taking place in the Hockomock Swamp.
It kind of gets you wondering. Doesn’t it?