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Freetown, Massachusetts

Profile Rock

This 50-foot rock formation looks like a face that was once believed to be that of a Native American chief. 

Located in Freetown State Park, the silhouette of what has come to be known as Profile Rock looks like the craggy visage of a man’s face, and once upon a time it was thought to be that of Wampanoag Native American Chief, Massasoit Sachem.

The face in the rock has not always been there and appears to have come into existence sometime in the mid 1800s, likely the result of dynamite. Nonetheless the face became revered among the local tribes who thought that it was the face of the great leader Sachem, father of Philip of King Philip’s war that would later take place. Some believe that Philip spent the night beneath the rock the evening before he died. While the rock definitely looks like a face, it is unknown whether it looks like Massasoit Sachem.

Profile Rock is also known as the “Old Man of Joshua’s Mountain,” taking a name from  Joshua Tisdale, a settler that once owned a deed to the land. But no matter what you call it, the rock has garnered an air of the supernatural with local legends of ghosts, satanic cults, and murder surrounding the site. Although this is somewhat understandable considering how uncanny the profile is.

Although the rock has been seen as somewhat sacred to many given its association with a famous chief, the rock has become covered in graffiti again and again in the modern day. Nonetheless, the vandalism hasn’t made the face any less apparent, just a little more spooky at night.