Up in the rolling foothills of the Berkshires are many small villages that fast-paced city life has left behind. Here, life is lived much like it has been always. Among the scattered homesteads, occasional country convenience store, and always present package stores are historical places that have been there since everyone can remember. There aren’t many historical markers, just testaments to people living there — and dying. Much of a town’s history can be read on old tombstones that tell something of the people who used to live there. But, not all of them…
Middlefield MA is home to Mack Cemetery. It was the first burying ground in town started in the late 1700’s with members of the Mack family. It’s identified by a small, humble, weathered wooden sign near 184 Skyline Trail. A number of early residents are interred there. Many are identified being members of related families. Except one.
In a far back corner of the site, near the woods, a lone stone stands and appears to be an old hand-carved marker that shows age and wear. The simple lettering identifies the dead as, “IT”. While there is a lot of speculation as to who – or what – could be buried there, no one knows for sure. On-line town records don’t identify it and it doesn’t seem to have any initials of anyone else resting there. IT may not be resting, either. On dark nights orbs have been seen around the stone and grey streaks have manifested in the area. There’s a general feeling of uneasiness in that part of town even during daylight hours. Is IT watching us, too?
– – Bran
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