Step into Holyoke’s past by embarking on a Wistariahurst Guided House Tour! This historic house offers an immersive experience that will transport you back in time to the lives and times of the people who shaped this vibrant community. Our expert guides will take you through the halls and rooms, providing fascinating insights into the family who owned Wistariahurst and the hardworking servants who kept it running smoothly. You’ll also learn about the city’s dynamic history during the Industrial Revolution, including how it attracted businesses and entrepreneurs from far and wide. Whether you’re a history enthusiast or simply curious, our house tours at Wistariahurst offer a unique and unforgettable journey that will deepen your understanding of Holyoke’s past. Don’t delay, book your tour and get to know Wistariahurst Museum today!
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).