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Wistariahurst Museum, Wisteria Watch 2022!

May 28 - May 30

Today we are in Full Bloom!  The intoxicating scent of the wisteria is wafting through the air at Wistariahurst. Come by and sit in the garden and enjoy the beautiful sight of the purple blossoms covering the house.

These wisteria vines were planted in 1880 by Sarah Skinner and were left to grow and cover the house. They were the pride of the Skinner family and were often written up in the local newspapers when they were in bloom so the entire community could come by and appreciate their beauty.

Today, these same vines are kept at bay with annual trimming.  After lying dormant all winter, the spring rains and warmer sunlight blossoms start appearing in early May.  As expected, the mid-May flowers are here. Don’t miss this years’ wisteria vine bloom.  Right on schedule!

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



May 28
May 30


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