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Wistariahurst Museum, Garden Tour
August 12, 2021 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm EDT
Join City Historian, Penni Martorell, and Wistariahurst gardener, Ralph Strycharz, 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.
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.
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 6ft social distance and/or wear a mask. Hand sanitizer will be available. All guests will be asked to sign in for contact tracing purposes.
$10, or $7 for members, seniors, and students.
Pick Up Date: Friday, August 13
Pick Up Time: 9:30 – 11:30 am
Location: Online, In Person Pick-Up
Now is your last chance to grab some of your favorite plants from on our online store for curbside pickup! Currently available plants include Rose of Sharon, Sedum, Wisteria, and more. Don’t wait! Selection is limited and the online sale ends this Friday!
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.
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.
Tour admissions is $7 for adults, $5 for Holyoke residents, Seniors, Students. Members and children under 12 are free.