Visiting Wistariahurst in Holyoke, MA has been on my list of places I want to visit for about 30 years now. I actually had it written down on my bucket list! It is ridiculous that it has taken me this long to get there seeing as at no point in my life have I lived more than 25 minutes away, but it just hasn't happened that I got there. To be honest, I have been once before in my life when I was about five years old. My older sister (a teen at the time) was playing guitar at some event going on there. I had one memory of being in a pretty room (I now realize it was the music room), but that was it. In any event, I finally made it last weekend!
Wistariahurst is a mansion originally built in Haydenville, MA in 1868 for the Skinner family. The Skinners made their money in silk. My great-grandmother worked in one of their mills most of her life. In 1874, the house was moved to Holyoke, MA. In 1959, the Skinner heirs donated the Wistariahurst to the city of Holyoke. It is now a lovely museum with beautiful gardens. When I visited, they were having an exhibit of antique wedding dresses. Hope you enjoy the images!