The truth of it is, senior portraits tend to be not as enjoyed by the male portion of the senior class. I know I remember many of my male friends weren’t so keen on having to have their pictures taken, that said usually they are just fine about it and all is well.
Brian was a trooper, he let me play around with angles and walk all around Wachusett Mountain utilizing different areas.
Brian suggested heading up to a great lookout spot he wanted to utilize up towards the top. It had been years since I have driven up the road to the top of the mountain, I agreed it was a good idea, so up we went.
Once at the very top we found that the new tower that has been under construction for some time is now complete. An 80 foot steel tower now stands complete with
a public observation deck which provides a view of Mount Monadnock, the Berkshires and of course the Boston skyline.
Years ago there was a hotel at the top of Wachusett, actually it first was a stone house . . .
“In 1866 William Morse began selling cigar and candy to visitors. A small stone house was built in 1870. In 184 Wachusett Mountain Co. built a 25ç toll road to the top of the mountain from the Amasa Smith house on Pine Hill. In 1875 the first wooden Summit House and barn were built by W.M.C.. The house was enlarged in 1879 and a bowling alley added.
In 1882 P. A. Beaman bought the mountain. In 1884-5 a 3 story house was built, and by 1900 a hotel, bowling alley, horse barns, and ice house had been added.”
The house was reconstructed in 1907 into what was the 3rd hotel, but somewhere between the 1940s and 60s the house lacked maintenance and its deterioration closed it to the public.
Honestly, I would have loved to have a summit house back up there, would you?
Random fun fact, anyone know what Wachusett means?
it is the Algonquin Indian word for “The Great Hill”
Back to photography, I had a great session with Brian! Thank you Brian for allowing me to take your senior portraits!