Many buildings were torn down as a result of the construction of the reservoir, but some buildings were not completely eliminated. Consider the mill in the photograph below, suspected to be the ruins of Holbrook Mills. The mostly submerged wreck, once a busy mill surrounded by other homes and businesses, is a perfect reflection for the town’s demolished industry and exactly how many buildings sank into Wachusett Reservoir.
This haunting image comes from the West Boylston edition of the Images of America book series written by Frank Brown and Beverly Goodale for the West Boylston Historical Society. The book contains tons of amazing photographs from West Boylston’s past.