What’s with the concrete UFO monument at the Sheffield covered bridge?
On the night of September 1, 1969, then nine-year-old Thomas Reed was riding in the car with his mother, older brother, and grandmother when a strange light shone through the trees near the bridge. According to Reed, he and his family were somehow removed from the car and taken to a warehouse-like “facility” for testing by alien beings, then returned to the vehicle.
So began a life filled with more questions than answers for Reed, who has long since left the Berkshires to own a modeling agency in Florida. But the incident has never left him. In fact, he has made many appearances at conferences and on TV to discuss the “off world incident.” Not surprisingly, Reed has endured both admiration and admonishment for being outspoken.
Recently, the abduction account was officially inducted into the annals of the Great Barrington Historical Society, the first UFO account to be validated as an actual historic event. To celebrate, Reed returned to the site of the encounter, commemorating that strange September evening with a six-foot concrete podium paid for by Reed’s supporters. A plaque on it refers to the incident as “significant and true by means of factual and corroborated evidence.” Not everyone is happy about the mini-monolith by the historic Sheffield Bridge on North Main Street. Stay tuned for Hollywood’s feature-length version of the event.