Weir Farm National Historic Site, Wilton

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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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  • Spent about 1 hour in late August. The buildings were only able to be seen from the outside when there. Did the Weir Pond Trail - pretty easy and nice walk, relatively flat, shady If the buildings... 
    Spent about 1 hour in late August. The buildings were only able to be seen from the outside when there. Did the Weir Pond Trail - pretty easy and nice walk, relatively flat, shady If the buildings...  more »
  • Just went last Thursday Oct 14. Grounds, house and facilities are available for everyone. Our park ranger was so knowledgeable and pleasant. Couldn’t have had a better day! Thanks. 
    Just went last Thursday Oct 14. Grounds, house and facilities are available for everyone. Our park ranger was so knowledgeable and pleasant. Couldn’t have had a better day! Thanks.  more »
  • Pretty ground and nice short pond trail. Facilities closed during covid, but grounds accesible. Worth a quick visit. 
    Pretty ground and nice short pond trail. Facilities closed during covid, but grounds accesible. Worth a quick visit.  more »
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  • This is my new favorite place. Every few steps is a new picturesque view. Bring bug spray if you go see the pond.
  • What an amazing place to visit. Multiple art studios and farm buildings, guided tours, trails through amazing woods with a fantastic pond. It is one of our favorite hiking and picnic destinations.
  • A wonderful place off the beaten path. Beautiful for walking or picnics. Very inspirational for artists and nature lovers alike.
  • A gem in southwest CT. Nicely maintained historic farmstead, well maintained. Has a Park service office and Rangers. Great for kids, dogs and all else.
  • Lovely place . Worth a visit and a tour of the history of the house and the Weir family. Trails are great. They are all marked and Weir pond is def worth walking over to and taking the hike around.

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