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.
Karch Kiraly. Holly McPeak. Kent Steffes. If these names aren't immediately familiar, they will be after a visit to the International Volleyball Hall of Fame. These and other greats of the sport—whether they staked their claim on a court or on the beach—are enshrined inside the facility in Holyoke, MA, the birthplace of the sport. In total, 121 players, coaches, administrators, and leaders from 21 different countries have been inducted since the Hall opened to the public on June 6, 1987. Because of the year, the first inductee had to enter the Hall posthumously—William G. Morgan, the game's inventor.
If museum hopping is your thing, don't skip over Holyoke's Children's Museum At Holyoke, which features exhibits everyone will enjoy.
Make the trip to this museum even more savory with a visit to their fine restaurant.
Grab the kids when you head to this museum — its family-oriented atmosphere perfect for the whole clan.
Parking is plentiful, so visitors can feel free to bring their vehicles.
The best museums in Northampton hardly compare to the intimate and profound setting of Northampton Historical Society's.
Be sure to visit the restaurant at this museum for a delicious meal.
Don't leave the kids at home — youngsters will love the family-friendly activities at this museum just as much as mom and dad.
Parking is plentiful, so patrons can feel free to bring their vehicles.
Whether you're looking for artistic inspiration or to brush up on your art knowledge, Park McCullough House in North Bennington is the museum for you.
Parking is plentiful, so guests can feel free to bring their vehicles.
If you're ready to try something new, come to Park McCullough House!