Stories of Wistariahurst from a Skinner Descendant Text Size

Event takes place on September 20, 2015 at 4:00 PM until 5:00 PM
Wistariahurst Museum, 238 Cabot Street

Sunday, September 20, at 4 p.m. Wistariahurst Museum will host Allerton Kilborne, the last living Skinner descendent to have resided at the historic estate. With a talk and special tour, Mr. Kilborne will share his memories of living at Wistariahurst with his grandmother, Katherine Skinner Kilborne, and a full time staff. An historian himself, Mr. Kilborne weaves his personal memories into the broader narrative of Holyoke.

Mr. Kilborne will lead a personalized tour of the house following his talk. Acquiring its name from the flowering vine, the twenty-six room mansion features parquet floors, vaulted ceilings, elaborate woodwork and two marble lions that have guarded the entrance since the late nineteenth century. The estate was kept in the Skinner family until 1959 when Katharine Skinner Kilborne and her 3 children gave Wistariahurst to the City of Holyoke for cultural and educational purposes.

The event, which will offer a lively mix of Holyoke history and personal memories, is open to the public and tickets are $10, or $7 for Museum members. Click here to reserve a seat.

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