Wistariahurst Museum – Holyoke
A visit to Massachusetts offers lots of opportunities to take a step back in time and brush up on your history lessons. In the city of Holyoke, be sure to stop by the Wistariahurst Museum for a beautiful glimpse of the past.
The Wistariahurst Museum was built by silk manufacturer, William Skinner in 1868. The home sits on its second location, having been dismantled and reassembled in its current spot following a massive flood in 1874. The mansion includes 26 rooms, leather wall coverings, ornate woodwork, vaulted ceilings and parquet floors. The mansion was named for the wisteria vine planted by William’s wife Sarah in the 1880s. In 1959 the home was gifted to the city of Holyoke by Katharine Skinner Kilborne, the youngest child of William and Sarah Skinner. The house is listed in the National Register of Historic Place.
Visitors are welcome at the museum on Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays between 12 and 4 pm. Visitors can explore the beautiful grounds and gardens daily until dusk. The museum includes exhibits that showcase the Skinner family history, the culture of the area and information on the history of the paper and textile industry.
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