Weir Farm National Historic Site, Wilton

#9 of 66 in Nature in Connecticut
Must see · National Park · Art Museum
Weir Farm National Historic Site is located in Ridgefield and Wilton, Connecticut. It commemorates the life and work of American impressionist painter J. Alden Weir and other artists who stayed at the site or lived there, to include Childe Hassam, Albert Pinkham Ryder, John Singer Sargent, and John Twachtman.
Weir Farm is one of two sites in the National Park Service devoted to the visual arts, along with Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site.
Both sites maintain ongoing artist-in-residence programs; to date, the Weir Farm Art Center (formerly the Weir Farm Trust) has hosted more than 150 artists for monthlong stays at the site. Weir Farm also runs an ongoing "Take Part in Art" program, under which visitors can create their own works on site.
Weir Farm will be recognized on the 52nd quarter in 2020 as part of the America the Beautiful Quarters Program.
After considering the Keene Valley area of New York's Adirondack Mountains for a rural retreat, in 1882 Weir settled instead on hilly countryside in the Branchville section of Ridgefield, acquiring a 153-acre farm there from Erwin Davis in exchange for $10 and a painting. Weir and artists he hosted subsequently produced a large number of paintings depicting Ridgefield landscapes and other nearby countryside.
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  • Pretty ground and nice short pond trail. Facilities closed during covid, but grounds accesible. Worth a quick visit.  more »
  • This farm is in a beautiful area of Connecticut and is run by the NPS. There are well kept grounds, a visitor center and a movie about the artist, the Weir home and two studios to see. The home...  more »
  • Wonderful, beautiful place to visit. The only National Park dedicated to painting. The Ranger who greeted us at the visitors building was so happy and welcoming! She even posed in her official uniform and hat with us. There is a very informative film and tour as well as walking trails to a beautiful lake. A must visit!
  • There must to learn here about a famous artist, which in turn will help in appreciating the art that was created from the special landscape at this place. The Park Service has done a great job to upgrade this site and include more of the buildings that form part of the history. Well worth a visit.

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