On Friday, October 28 at 6pm and Saturday, October 29 at 11am, Wistariahurst will be holding guided tours of Forestdale Cemetery. The tours will be led by Holyoke City Historian, Penni Martorell and will highlight local figures buried at Forestdale Cemetery while exploring 19th century conceptions of death and dying and examining common gravestone motifs and symbolism.
Wistariahurst has been hosting guided tours of Forestdale Cemetery since 2010. “Cemeteries contain a wealth of information regarding local history, including genealogical and community information,” said Martorell, “Forestdale is a lovely, well-designed cemetery in the Olmstead style. These tours highlight a beautiful treasure in the City of Holyoke.”
Tickets are still available for the Saturday daytime tour for $10, but the Friday evening tour has sold out. Advance reservations are required and can be made online at www.Wistariahurst.org. Tours leave from the Wistariahurst Visitor’s Center.