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Wistariahurst Museum, Garden Tour

September 8 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm EDT

Join City Historian, Penni Martorell, and Wistariahurst Master Gardener, Phyllis Barrett, for a guided tour of Wistariahurst’s historic gardens and grounds. 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.

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.

Hear stories about the about the vines, the wooded area, the victory garden,  and the tea house. Discover the lions, the spirit gate and the dinosaur tracks.  Learn about the historical and contemporary planning and planting and hear how a dedicated team of volunteers in the 21st century have restored and maintained this beautiful environment.

Advance registration is required for this tour. REGISTER

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.

Details

Date:
September 8
Time:
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm EDT

Venue

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