Hopkinton, MA — A Virgin Mary statue was unearthed during a construction project at the Golden Pond Assisted Living Facility.
The residents of the nursing home in Hopkinton were thrilled at the statue’s discovery, which came during an expansion for the site, reports CBS News.
The statue of the Virgin Mary has been underground to at least 20 years but was in almost perfect condition — a surprise considering it was unearthed by a backhoe and dumped into a pile.
Once in the pile, a resident happened to see the statue. Bill Marr, the executive director of Golden Pond, recalled:
“He ran into the building and ran straight to the Deacon and said they had just found the Virgin Mary.”
The local historian was contacted to report the find, notes NBC News. Marr added of the find:
“It’s even beyond incredible that it was found 20 days before Christmas. The timing of the year could be more symbolic.”
No one is entirely sure how the Virgin Mary statue became buried in the first place. The area where it was unearthed used to be filled with mobile homes. Before that, it was a wooded area.
Marr is hoping that the local historians will be able to learn more about how, why, and when the statue was buried. Andrea Brass, who lived at Golden Pond for five years, stated:
“It’s a wonderful thing. I think the statue is absolutely beautiful [and] I think it’s a precursor of good things to come for this place.”
While they wait for a possible answer, residents at Golden Pond can’t stop talking about the Virgin Mary statue unearthed near them, which is currently standing in the main lobby of the facility. They hope the statue will find a new home in the facility’s new chapel.