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Wistariahurst Museum, Guided House Tour

June 4 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm EDT

Leather Room at Wistariahurst

Looking for a unique and engaging way to step back in time and explore Holyoke’s fascinating history? Look no further than Wistariahurst, where our house tours offer a glimpse into the lives of the people who shaped this vibrant community.

Get ready to travel back in time as you step through the doors of this stunning historic house. Our knowledgeable guides will lead you through the halls and rooms, regaling you with tales of the family who owned the house and the servants who kept it running smoothly. You’ll learn about the vibrant history of Holyoke and how the city thrived during the industrial revolution, attracting businesses and entrepreneurs from far and wide.

Whether you’re a history buff or simply looking for a fun and informative day out, our house tours at Wistariahurst are not to be missed. Join us for a journey through time and discover the stories behind one of Holyoke’s most iconic landmarks. Book your tour today and let us show you the best of Holyoke’s past!

Join us for a 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).



June 4
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm EDT


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