Welcome to Wistariahurst’s Landscape Tours! Our immersive tours offer a unique and in-depth experience of the historic gardens at Wistariahurst. Led by knowledgeable and passionate guides, our tours provide an engaging discussion of the gardens’ rich history and how they have been preserved over time.
As you stroll through our gardens, you’ll learn about the history of Wistariahurst and how its landscapes have evolved over the years. Our guides will share stories about the gardens’ creation and how they have been lovingly maintained and restored to their former glory. You’ll discover how our skilled gardeners continue to work tirelessly to preserve and enhance the beauty of Wistariahurst’s landscapes, using traditional methods and techniques.
Whether you’re a history buff, a gardening enthusiast, or simply looking for a relaxing and informative way to spend an afternoon, our Landscape Tours are the perfect choice. Come and explore the history and beauty of our gardens, and discover the ongoing efforts to preserve and enhance this unique piece of our community’s heritage.
Named after the wisteria vine that flowers in May, Wistariahurst was home to two generations of the Skinner family who loved to garden. Begun by Sarah Skinner in the late 19th Century and then transformed by her daughter Belle Skinner in the early 20th, the grounds and gardens have always been an integral part of the life and activities at Wistariahurst.
Wistariahurst is the former home of William Skinner, a prominent silk manufacturer and was built in 1874.
Gardens and Grounds
The gardens and grounds at Wistariahurst are maintained for your enjoyment. The public is welcome dawn until dusk. Feel free to bring a book, a picnic, or walk to see what is in bloom. We ask that everyone refrain from sports with projectiles (frisbee, baseball, etc.) for the protection of our historic windows.
The gardens are free and can be accessed via the Cabot St. Lions entrance (through the wrought iron gate) and via our Beech St. driveways (path is between the two buildings).
All are welcome to schedule a mansion tour with our staff! Visit the first and second floors of the historic building, learn more about the lives of those who lived there, and tales of Holyoke’s past.