Holyoke Area Tours 2022

FREE and OPEN to the public. Keep checking back since information will change. Presented by Robert Comeau. The overall theme of the 2022 Holyoke tours will be Olmsted Parks of Holyoke. 

Sign up at Eventbrite for most of these tours. The Holyoke Preservation Trust is the host for the events. All rain dates are exactly 7 days later at the same time and place. Events in italics are NOT part of the series.

Saint Rose de Lima Church Campus and Cemetery Walking Tour – Saturday May 28 2022 from 10 AM to noon – Be capable of walking 2 miles – meet in front of the Sainte Rose de Lima Church in Chicopee – Sign up at EVENTBRITE

A House in South Hadley through Time – 5 Walnut Street and the Scott Family – Wednesday June 1 2022 from 6:30 to 7:30 PM at the Community Room of the South Hadley Public Library – This presentation is free and open to all. NO Eventbrite needed. There will be a bonus of Researching Local History in South Hadley during the talk.

Holyoke Garden Tour (2nd annual) – Saturday June 4 2022 9 AM to 5 PM – EVENTBRITE [This is a Holyoke Preservation Trust event. Cost is $15 before and $20 day of.]

Holyoke Heritage Trail Bicycle Riding Tour – Sunday June 12 2022 from 1 to 3 PM – Park and meet near the Canal Walk bridge on Race Street (near the Cubit building) in HOLYOKE – All participants need helmets. Be ready to ride 5 miles. Sign up at EVENTBRITE soon. – Booklet (June 12th is also the last day of Explore Holyoke Restaurant Week.)

South Hadley Canal System – South Hadley Riverside Park to Canal Park Walking Tour – Saturday June 18 2022 from 10 AM to noontime. Walk within Riverside Park and then walk to Canal Park. Meet and park in the South Hadley public parking lot on Main Street of South Hadley. (Across from St Patrick’s Church.) Be capable of walking 2 miles in all.

Willimansett Bridge Walking Tour – Sunday June 26 2022 from 1 to 3 PM – A neighborhood tour where we walk from the Nativity Church to the bridge into Holyoke and then back. – Be capable of walking 2 miles. – Meet near 780 Chicopee Street in Chicopee. Park in the lots under the Interstate 391 overpass in Chicopee.

South Hadley Falls Cemetery tour – Saturday July 2 2022 from 10:30 AM to noon – meet at the Beachgrounds parking lot in South HadleyBooklet

private tour – August 14-15

Chicopee Canal Walking Tour – Saturday September 3 2022 from 10 AM to noon – meet at the Chicopee Public Library and be capable of walking 3 miles

North High Street Walking Tour – Sunday September 11 2022 from 1 to 3 PM – meet at the back of the Second Congregational Church in HOLYOKEBooklet

Ashley Reservoir Walking Tour – 4th annual – be able to walk 4 miles (bicycle riders are welcome too) – Saturday September 24 2022 from 10 AM to 12:20 PM – meet at the Elks Club of HOLYOKEBooklet

Whiting Street Reservoir Walking Tour – 5th annual – Saturday October 8 2022 from 10 AM to 12:20 PM – meet at the top of the Mountain Park Access Road in HOLYOKE – be able to walk 4 miles – Booklet

Frederick Law Olmsted – Bringing Nature to the City – Sign up at eventbrite soon – Friday October 14 2022 from 6:30 PM at the Divine Theater on Race Street.

Second Congregational Church – Saturday in October of 2022 on the day of Doors Open Holyoke – NO Eventbrite needed – meet along the Appleton Street side of the church in HOLYOKE

Holyoke Canal System Walking Tour – walk along the first and second level canals – Saturday in October 22 2022 from 10 AM to noontime – Meet along the Dwight Street side of HOLYOKE Heritage State Park. – Be capable of walking 2.5 miles. – Booklet

Maple Grove Cemetery – Saturday October 29 2022 from 1 to 2:30 PM in Chicopee – Meet at the corner of Grape and Auburn Streets but park only on the western edge of Grape Street.

A House in Holyoke through Time – 181 Linden Street – Tuesday November 8 2022 from 6:30 to 7:30 PM – a presentation in the Community Room of the Holyoke Public Library. Sign-ups will be via the Holyoke History Room later in the year.

Veterans Park and Saint Jerome Campus – 4th annual – Saturday November 12 2022 from 1 to 2:30 PM – meet along the Hampden Street side of the park in HOLYOKE – Park Booklet and Church Booklet

Holy Name of Jesus Church and Neighborhood Walking Tour – Sunday November 20 2022 from 1 to 3 PM – meet in front of the Holy Name of Jesus Church on South Street in Chicopee

possible tours to add:

Gateway City Arts and the Canal District Tour and Dine – 2022 – meet along Race Street in front of Gateway City Arts in HOLYOKE – Tour outside for 40 minutes and then inside for 40 minutes. Then pay for a nice meal at Judd’s Restaurant.

Holyoke Canal System Bicycle Riding Tour – Sunday 2022 from 1 PM to 3:30 PM. Be capable of riding 5 miles. Meet at the canal walk bridge on Race Street in HOLYOKE. All participants need helmets.

Earlier this year:

Elmwood Park Walking Tour (an Olmsted park) – Booklet

Jones Point Park Walking Tour (an Olmsted park) – Booklet

Olmsted Landscapes in the Wyckoff Park AreaBooklet

Brightside Walking TourBooklet

Holyoke Canal Walking TourBooklet

Vietnam Veterans Bridge Walking Tour