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Wistariahurst Museum, Garden Tour

September 11, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am EDT

Join City Historian, Penni Martorell, and Wistariahurst gardener, Ralph Strycharz, for a guided tour of Wistariahurst’s historic gardens and grounds.

Attendees will learn about how the landscape and gardens have evolved over the years, what has been planted here historically, and the history of this plot of land. Your guides will share stories about how the Skinner family came to be here and what the property looked like when they lived here. Hear stories about the about the vines, the wooden area, the victory garden, and the tea house. Discover the lions, the spirit gate and the dinosaur tracks.

Tickets are $10 and $7 for Wistariahurst Museum Members, students, and seniors. Tickets are available at www.Wistariahurst.org. Advance registration is required and tickets are limited.

Please note that this tour takes place entirely outside and is approximately 45 minutes long. Our tour guides will use basic sound amplification. We ask that participants maintain 6 feet social distance and/or wear a mask. Hand sanitizer will be available. All guests will be asked to sign in for contact tracing purposes.

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).

Tour the Mansion

Mansion Tours

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.

We ask that tour groups be limited to no more than no more than 8 people (we will gladly accommodate solo guests!) Call 413-322-5660 or email [email protected] to schedule.


September 11, 2021
10:00 am - 11:00 am EDT


Wistariahurst Museum
238 Cabot Street
Holyoke, MA 01040
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(413) 322 5660
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