Cowee Mill (1800’s)

Below are some of West Boylston’s old mills. The first picture depicts Cowee’s Mill perched on a small dam waterfall. The large, white building dotted with windows (featured in the second and third photos, both times on the right) is Rice’s Mill. The final mill in these photographs, not shown clearly, is Eli Holbrook’s mill and the houses for his workers. Cowee’s, Rice’s, and Holbrook’s were just three of the numerous mills in West Boylston. These three mills were grouped closely together along the Nashua River and had easy access to the town center and railroad.

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