Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Wistariahurst to host Bicycle Tours of Holyoke

On September 16 and 17, Wistariahurst will host two guided Bicycle Tours of Holyoke, each focusing on an historic area of Holyoke.

On Saturday, September 16 from 11 am to 12:30 pm, the tour will visit The Mansions of Holyoke. Cycle around the elegant homes built by the Holyoke industrialists of the 19th and 20th centuries. Ride through the highlands and the Fairfield Avenue Historic District with their grand Victorian houses. Learn about the families, architects and builders of these magnificent homes. This route will begin at Kennedy Park and tour around Fairfield Avenue, Lexington Avenue, Madison Avenue and River Terrace.

On Sunday, September 17 from 11am to 12:30 pm, the tour will visit The Mills of Holyoke. This tour will focus on the history of the nationally recognized historic district around the canals and nearby mills. Learn about the city’s industrial history and canal landscapes, while seeing how the landscape is evolving and the mills being reused in the City today. The tour route will begin and end at Holyoke Heritage State Park and will include stops on Race Street, Bridge Street and Lyman Street.

Both tours will be led by Craig Della Penna, a local Holyoke historian and real estate broker. He is the author of five books and numerous op‐ed pieces/guest editorials on the value of rail trails and greenways in the context of residential real estate and smart growth development.

Each tour will begin with a review of basic bicycle safety. Please come prepared with your own helmets, water, bicycle and enthusiasm for history. Tickets for the Bicycle Tours may be purchased online at Admission for each tour is $15. Admission to both tours is $25. Tickets must be purchased in advance.

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