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the trails I’ve been walking lately
take me around two lakes, and several marsh areas
but part of this vast conservation land is on the property of what was once a state hospital
built in the late 1800s, originally named the Westborough Insane Hospital
many of the original buildings still exist
when walking, I sometimes catch a glimpse
 broken windows
 brick walls
 barbed fences
 vine-covered doors
chipped paint

after hiking around the lake, I walked back to my car
 parked in a lot not far from two of the broken buildings
and for some strange reason, I was drawn in
I was both fascinated and scared
it was eerily quiet

 images of Sylvia Plath and Robert Lowell ran through my mind,
electro shock therapy
straight jackets
who were the patients in these rooms?
how did they end up here?
what were their stories?
I came home and started searching for more information regarding the hospital’s history

I wasn’t able to find much, however, there is supposedly an old crematorium hidden in the woods off of one of the trails

photos online show foundation walls, an old chimney, an actual brick oven, broken microscope slides and glass vials

not too sure I’ll be venturing there anytime soon
since I’ve seen enough to keep me from sleeping soundly for a while

10 Comments on “abandoned

  1. I’m sure it’s a haunted area! You can’t have that kind of trauma and not have spirits remaining. Especially if there is a crematorium on the site! Yikes!

    • I know, right! Still researching online but not getting much info. May end up going to the Westborough Town Hall or Historical Society to see what they have. I’m intrigued!

  2. I worked for 10 years at Metropolitan State Hospital now abandoned/ being turned into condos in Waltham. All of these campuses were beautiful in their own way, sculptured grounds, period architecture. Even now they have “good bones”. I know of a website that has hx and cool pics that you might like. Tomorrow I’ll try to get it for you!

    • Yes, I volunteered there once a week back in the 1970s. I spent some time with a little 10 year old boy, playing board games and basketball. I remember the architecture was impressive, however, the inside was pretty worn. Some of the kid’s rooms had cracked and broken windows. Pretty depressing. While continuing to research, I came across this article in a local newspaper – http://www.communityadvocate.com/?p=22758
      So sad. Be sure to read the comment written below the article.

      • Yes, I think it was called The Gaebler Center, or something like that. Ok I’m going to go check out that website now!

      • Very interesting! Were you there during that investigation? Wonder if they relocated those graves before building the condos. While on this site, I checked out Worcester State – amazing old photos on that page!

  3. I absolutely LOVE this series of photographs!!!
    One of my favorite things to photograph is abandoned buildings.
    Super, super job on this!
    Wishing you a wonderful day!

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