2024 will be my 10th year of giving tours and presentations on topics about Holyoke, South Hadley, and Chicopee. The schedule of FREE PUBLIC tours for this calendar year is HERE. If you want a private tour then see the tour and rates page. My available TOURS. One tour that ties together the most important of the sites around the city is the Holyoke Heritage Trail. My special topic for 2024 is the 150th anniversary of the arrival of the Skinner family into Holyoke. The tours and events will be expanded into other communities including Granby, Amherst, Easthampton, Northampton, and Hadley.
The Holyoke Canal Tour is a web based system to guide and instruct you around the Holyoke Canal System and its mills. The most important page is the DESTINATIONS page. There you will find a grid of the 18 stops with each stop being a clickable link. From each of those links is a page that helps you get to the location and then describes the physical and historical properties of the canal and the mills there. (Also back at the DESTINATIONS page you will find in the grid a link to a google map to help you navigate to that location.) On the stop description pages, you will find underlined phrases that are clickable and that will bring you to a picture.