A Visit to Holyoke

by Laurel | June 28th, 2010

The Bud

The Bud

Back again in the Finger Lakes after a brief holiday including a few days in Holyoke.

In January I was in Holyoke for a couple of days, but it was far from a pleasure trip and there was no time to look around . I haven’t been to Holyoke in maybe 7 years. When my son moved out of MA, I lost the easiest lodging place and then, well, life just “got in the way. ”

This time around there was driving around time and frankly I was stunned at the number of buildings ready to be demolished. Some — such as The Bud — were no surprise of course, but others were. And I was to some extent reminded of my tenure in Brooklyn where the symbols denoting condition were on many buildings — many of them historic buildings — that had been left to rot on their own to make demolition possible. Not saying this is true in Holyoke, but it was in Brooklyn.

I don’t mind new buildings done well, but it doesn’t happen all that often, and it saddens me to know next time around many places I saw during this last visit will be gone.

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Suggested Holyoke Books

Mountain Park -- The Holyoke destination we all loved.

Mount Holyoke College

Mount Holyoke College, Postcard History by Donna Albino. Many Holyoke women have attended Mount Holyoke. Author also maintains an amazing MHC website based upon her personal collection.

Holyoke - Chicopee, A Perspective

Holyoke-Chicopee: A Perspective, by Ella Merkel DiCarlo. DiCarlo, a former Transcript columnist offers a fascinating compilation of her essays. Published in 1982, this out-of-print book is worth looking for in the aftermarket.


Holyoke, by Craig Della Penna. The first Holyoke book in the Arcadia series, published in 1997.

Belle Skinner Collection

Belle Skinner Collection, by Ruth Isabel Skinner. Published in 1933, this book is long out of print but copies are still available in the aftermarket.

Mitch Epstein: Family Business

Mitch Epstein: Family Business Published in 2003, available in the aftermarket. Epstein's furniture.