2024 tours

2024 Holyoke Massachusetts area guided tours and presentations — FREE and OPEN to the public. Keep checking back since information will change. Presented by Robert Comeau. Sign up at Eventbrite for most of these tours. The Holyoke Preservation Trust is the host and promoter for most of the events.

The overall theme of the 2024 tours will be the silk trade in Holyoke.

South Amherst Cemetery and Commons – Saturday June 1 2024 from 10:30 to noontime – meet and park at the commons in South Amherst – be ready to walk one mile – Register at EVENTBRITE

Church Street and Edward Bellamy’s Neighborhood – Saturday June 8 2024 from 10:30 to noontime – meet and park near the Bellamy House at 91 Church Street in Chicopee – be ready to walk one mile – Register at EVENTBRITE

South Hadley Canal – Saturday June 15 2024 from 10 AM to noontime – meet and park at the South Hadley Town Parking Lot – be ready to walk 2 miles – Register at EVENTBRITE about the end of May.

Fairview Cemetery and Holy Rosary Cemetery of Chicopee – Saturday June 29 2024 from 10 AM to noontime – park on either Fanjoy or Rzasa Drives in Chicopee and meet at the Holy Rosary Cemetery – be ready to walk a mile – Register at EVENTBRITE about the beginning of June.

Garden Tour – Saturday July 13 2024 from 8:30 to 3:30 – a HPT event that is cross promoted HERE

The Six Power Canals on the Chicopee River – Tuesday July 16 2024 from 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM – a presentation at the Chicopee Public Library

Chicopee Canal Tour – Saturday August 31 2024 from 10 AM to noontime – meet and park at the Chicopee Public Library – be ready to walk 2 miles – Register at EVENTBRITE about the middle of August.

North Cemetery of Granby and its Neighborhood – Saturday September 7 2024 from 11 AM to noontime – park only on the northern edge of the roadway in Granby – be ready to walk a half mile – Register at EVENTBRITE about the middle of August.

A Mill in Holyoke through Time – the Skinner Silk Mill – A Tuesday September 10 2024 presentation from 5:15 to 6:15 PM at Wistariahurst. The event will be on physical changes in the Skinner Silk Mills and its production of silk.

Immaculate Conception and Sacred Heart Churches and Saint Brigids Cemetery (all of Easthampton) – Saturday September 14 2024 from 10 AM to noontime – park near the Our Lady of the Valley Parish Church and meet in front of that Easthampton church – be ready to walk 2 miles – Register at EVENTBRITE about the end of August.

HPT Art Contest – cross promoted event – entries DUE on September 26 2024 and exhibit happens from October 1-29, 2024 LINK

Holyoke Canal System Walking Tour – Saturday October 5 2024 from 1 to 3 PM – meet at the Dwight Street side of Holyoke Heritage State Park – be ready to walk 2.5 miles total along the first and second level canals – 9th annual

Doors Open Holyoke – possible High Street tour – TBA cross promoted event

Burial Grounds of Granby and South Hadley throughout their History (presentation) – Thursday, October 24, 2024 from 5:30 to 6:30 PM at the Granby Public Library.

Lower Mill Pond of Easthampton – Saturday November 2 2024 from 1 to 3 PM – meet and park in the Manhan Rail Trail parking lot off of Ferry Street in Easthampton – be ready to walk 2 miles

A House in Holyoke through Time – (presentation) A November 2024 event at the Holyoke Public Library. A story about the Lovering Schoolhouse at 250 Pleasant Street in Holyoke. TBA

The Skinner Family in the Connecticut River Valley – TBA

See you in 2025! Schedule

Earlier this year:

The Six Navigational Canals of the Connecticut River

Burial Grounds of South Hadley and Granby throughout their History

Saint Stanislaus Cemetery in Easthampton

Rodphey Sholom Cemetery of Chicopee

West Street Cemetery of Granby

Rohan Park (of Holyoke) and its Neighborhood

Saint Stanislaus Cemetery (of Chicopee)

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