Bellows Falls Petroglyphs

Mythologies, Thin Places


3000-300 A.D.

The Bellows Falls Petroglyphs are a series of faces carved into the rock above the Connecticut River, in Bellows Falls, Vermont. They were discovered by European settlers in the late 1700s, first described by David McClure as having a sense of antiquity about them. No one knows their age or purpose, although it has been theorized that the Abenaki tribe carved them up to 3000 years ago to depict spirits of the dead. Some featured protruding marks from the top of the head, suggesting horns or antennae.

The petroglyphs are visible from the Vilas Bridge on the Walpole, New Hampshire side while another cluster of them can be seen from the Bellows Falls side – they seem to be all located near a bit of an island in the Connecticut River.
Who carved the faces? And why? It certainly gives the impression of a thin place, and we’re each of us left to judge for ourselves.

Submitted by Liminal Ambassador A.P. Strange