Join us for a 45 minute tour of 2 floors of Wistariahurst, home of textile industrialist William Skinner and his family. Learn about how and why the building was moved from the Skinnerville to Holyoke. This docent lead tour our includes
- The great hall, library, gallery, leather room, dining room, butlers pantry and breakfast room
- Second floor walk through to see private living spaces
- Family and business history and context to the community
- Stories of the staff who worked here
- Dinosaur tracks
- Free access to the gardens and grounds
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).