2020 Holyoke Massachusetts guided tours and presentations —FREE and OPEN to the public. Keep checking back since information will change. Tours and presentations are by Robert Comeau unless stated otherwise.
Burial Grounds of Holyoke throughout its History – Saturday February 8, 2020 from 11 AM to 12:15 PM in the Community Room at the Holyoke Public Library. Hosted by the Holyoke History Room and presented by Robert Comeau. Talk is geared to local historians, genealogists, and a general audience.
Holyoke Library Commons Sidewalk Tour – POSTPONED to a later date. (WILL NOT BE Saturday, April 11, 2020 from 10:30 to 11:50 AM) – meet on Chestnut Street in front of Holyoke Public Library. Jointly hosted by the Holyoke History Room and by Holyoke Preservation Trust. Jointly presented by the trio – Eileen Crosby archivist at the Holyoke Public Library, Tom Kass forester, and by Robert Comeau local historian.
Forestdale Cemetery Tour – Saturday May 2, 2020 from 10:30 AM until noontime. Park within the cemetery. Hosted by the Holyoke Preservation Trust.
Veteran’s Park Tour – Saturday May 23 2020 from 10:30 AM to noon. Meet at the Hampden Street side of the park. Hosted by the Holyoke Preservation Trust. Topics include the Saint Jerome Church campus and the veterans’ memorials but there are many other topics.
Vietnam Veterans Bridge Tour – Riverside Park of South Hadley to the Hadley Falls Workers’ Housing of Holyoke and back – Saturday June 13, 2020 – Hosted by the Kestrel Land Trust. Time to be announced later. Featured is the parks and the river but there are many topics. Stress on the ecology. Park in the South Hadley parking lot on Main Street.
Rock Valley Cemetery Tour – Saturday June 27, 2020 from 10:30 until 11:30 AM – located on Rock Valley Road in Holyoke. Hosted by the Holyoke Preservation Trust.
Pulaski Park Tour – Saturday July 18, 2020 from 6:20 to 7:30 PM meet at the northernmost end of Maple Street. Hosted by the Holyoke Preservation Trust. Featured are the Holyoke Canal and the church campuses but there are many topics. Bring water and bug spray.
Holyoke Canal System Tour – Bus: Saturday September 12, 2020. Walking: Saturday September 26, 2020. There will be one bus tour and at least one walking tour in September of 2020. Look for either one. These canal tours have many hosts and sponsors both public and private. Meet alongside the Dwight Street side of Holyoke Heritage State Park.
Whiting Street Reservoir Tour – This tour will be on Saturday October 10, 2020 from 10 AM to 1 PM. Hosted by Holyoke Preservation Trust. Park along Mountain Park Access Road. Bring water and bug spray and also be ready to walk up to 5 miles.
Ashley Reservoir Tour – Saturday November 7, 2020 from 10 AM to 12:30 PM. Park at the Elks Club of Holyoke on Whitney Avenue. Hosted by Holyoke Preservation Trust. Bring water and bug spray and also be ready to walk up to 4 miles.
2019 Holyoke Massachusetts guided tours—FREE and OPEN to the public – Please, sign up at eventbrite.com
on Saturday May 11, 2019 from 10:30 AM to 11:50 AM—Park in Calvary Cemetery
on Saturday May 25, 2019 from 10:30 AM to 11:50 AM—Park on Saint Jerome Street
Smith’s Ferry Cemetery and Neighborhood tour
on Saturday June 8, 2019 from 10:30 AM to 11:50 AM—Park in Delaney House lot
on Saturday September 14, 2019 from 10 AM to 12:20 PM—Park at the Elks Club
on Saturday October 12, 2019 from 10 AM to 12:20 PM—Park on Mountain Park Access Road
on Wednesday October 30, 2019 from 6:30 to 7:30 PM at the Community Room at the South Hadley Public Library
Holyoke Canal System bus tour
on Saturday November 9, 2019 from 1 to 4 PM—Park in City Hall parking lot—reservations needed
on Saturday November 16, 2019 from 1 to 3:30 PM – Park in City Hall parking lot for free or along Dwight Street near Holyoke Heritage State Park
on Saturday November 23, 2019 from 1 to 3:30 PM – Park in City Hall parking lot for free or along Dwight Street near Holyoke Heritage State Park
2018 tour topics
Precious Blood Cemetery and Saint Rose Cemetery
2017 tour topics
Mater Dolorosa Church and Neighborhood
Immaculate Conception Church and Neighborhood
Blessed Sacrament Church and Neighborhood
Precious Blood Church and Neighborhood
2016 tour topics
Saint Jerome Church and Neighborhood
Riverside Parks of South Hadley
Infrastructure Day in Holyoke
2015 tour topics