Volume 7, Issue 149; 23 Aug 2004; last modified 08 Oct 2010

Wistariahurst is a charming little museum in Holyoke, MA.

Wistariahurst is a charming little museum in Holyoke, MA. Constructed by William Skinner, who ran a profitable silk mill, it was moved to Holyoke from it’s original location in Skinnerville in the 1800’s.

We visited it on Sunday and I foolishly left my camera at home, so I can’t show you the dramatic marble lions that guard the entrance, the beautiful parquet floors, the fabulous staircase with its intricate, blossoming rose detail, or any of the fine appointments in the rooms. I thought I was going to be able to show you a low resolution picture of the peacock stained glass window in the solarium that I snapped with the camera on my phone. Except, apparently I didn’t. Or it didn’t get saved. Or something.

They give small, public concerts in the music room and I bet they’re delightful; certainly the acoustics are very good. And If you happen to be getting married in the greater Holyoke area, that fabulous staircase is available for wedding portraiture. I encourage you to go take a look. Especially when the Wisteria are in bloom.

P.S. Long time, no essay. I’ve been hacking about a bit with the back end. I’m going to support a few HTML tags in comments and the ability to subscribe to comments, probably as Atom feeds.