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Lori M.
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Report | 2 years ago
Great staff, incredible tour.
Gloria U.
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Report | 2 years ago
The docents were extremely pleasant and answered all our questions. My daughter and I really enjoyed the tour!
Donna B.
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Report | 2 years ago
Great experience!
Ginger C.
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Report | 2 years ago
Lovely house, excellent guide (Julie Bullock), and we were lucky enough to have a private tour, which allowed for an enormous amount of interaction with the her. We will be going back when the gardens are in bloom and will probably take some friends. This is a slice of Holyoke that we certainly did not know anything about. We would highly recommend this house/museum to anyone interested in the history of our area.
Gail l.
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Report | 2 years ago
Beautiful house, interesting facts
Dennis D.
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Report | 2 years ago
The tour guides were well informed and clearly enjoyed what they did.
Norma F.
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Report | 2 years ago
Fabulous museum!!
Nancy G.
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Report | 2 years ago
Very nice tour - glad I went !!!!

From Our Editors

Many a 19th-century summer day, William Skinner would wipe his brow with a silk handkerchief and breathe in the sweet scent of wisteria vines. His wife, Sarah, had trained the vines to grow alongside their sprawling home, which he had built in 1874 with the profits from his silk-manufacturing business. He named it Wistariahurst in honor of his wife’s prized vines, which continued to grow even after the stately home passed down to the next generation of the Skinner family and, in 1959, to the city of Holyoke.

The wisteria vines have not stood the test of time alone. The home's elaborate woodwork, original leather wall coverings, and elegant columns have also remained intact. Every week, the docents at Wistariahurst Museum lead tours across the historical estate, elaborating on the Skinner family's history and showcasing collections of architectural prints and silk textiles from the family's manufacturing business. In addition to tours, staff members regularly offer workshops that teach Girl Scouts about such Victorian-era pastimes as knitting and playing parlor games with the ghosts in the attic.

In the warmer months, Wistariahurst’s immaculately manicured gardens play host to a wide variety of events. Concerts and lectures remain open to the public, and private rentals allow guests to hold weddings or play ill-advised games of hide-and-seek in the minotaur labyrinth.

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