Bridgewater Triangle Map

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CROSSLEY, Subgroup Buttons/Elephant Ears


On December 24, 1932, 13-year old Marion Crossley, daughter of District Attorney William C. Crossley, was horseback riding at Assonet Ledge in the Freetown State Forest. Marion, along with her twin sister Marjorie, a school teacher Miss O’Brien, and chums Mereditte [sic] Stebbins* and Arthur Sullivan, strayed over the line from Fall River to Gage’s Hill in the Bell Rock Road area of Assonet. The athletic twins left the group to climb to the top of the steep Assonet Ledge where they competed to see who could stand closer to the edge of the cliff. The ledge on which Marion stood gave way and she plunged 30 feet. Her fall was briefly interrupted by another outcropping that crumbled, sending her rolling down another 30 feet. She finally landed on a 4-foot wide shelf that prevented her from dropping into the 50 foot deep icy quarry pond below. Marjorie rushed back to their companions and Miss O’Brien and Arthur Sullivan swiftly rode off to get help. The State Police from East Freetown barracks responded and Marion was taken to Truesdale Hospital.** The Crossleys likely spent Christmas day at Marion’s bedside. It was December 27 before doctors declared she was out of danger from the injuries suffered to her back and head.
At the time of Marion’s fall, Assonet residents told reporters that this was the third serious accident at the ledge. The Assonet Ledge in Freetown State Forest falls within the boundaries of the Bridgewater Triangle. For centuries there have been curious reports of unexplained phenomena occurring within this 200 square mile area. Mysterious disappearances, UFO and Bigfoot sightings and reports of ghost activity have given the Freetown State Forest the nickname “The Haunted Forest.” Legend has it that the Assonet Ledge itself is cursed, with evil spirits lurking within its granite bedrock. There is some speculation that Marion Crossley encountered the Lady of the Ledge, a spirit that locals say leads hikers to the edge of the cliff and then disappears.

Verification Reference

Sunday Standard Times, December 25, 1932


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“Bridgewater Triangle Map,” Institute for Clew Studies, accessed March 24, 2019,