In 1874, industrialist William Skinner moved his home from the hilltowns to Holyoke and opened his Skinner silk mills along the recently constructed canals. Guided tours of Wistariahurst cover the first and second floors at the historic mansion and explore the history of the Skinner family and their employees and the industrial history of Holyoke.
The house structure represents three significant periods of construction – with two major modifications and additions happening in the early 20th Century. The furnishing at Wistariahurst cover a range of pieces including items from the Skinner family and collections donated by Holyoke families over the years.
Special features of the house include the historic Belle Skinner Music Room, built in 1913, the Leather Room, and the original wisteria vines.
Please see our calendar for upcoming scheduled tours. Admissions information can be found here.
Accessibility information can be found here. Please call ahead with any accommodation requests or for more information.