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Weir Farm

National Historical Park - Conneticut

Weir Farm National Historical Park 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.

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https://www.nps.gov/wefa/index.htm https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Weir_Farm_National_Historic_Site Weir Farm National Historical Park 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. Visit the home and studio of America's most beloved Impressionist, J. Alden Weir, and walk in the footsteps of generations of world-class artists. Set amidst more than 60 acres of painterly woods, fields, and waterways, you’ll soon see why Weir described his home as the "Great Good Place." Weir’s farm is a national legacy to American Impressionism, the creative spirit, and historic preservation. If you are coming to Weir Farm National Historical Park as part of a group that will require three or more vehicles, please call in advance to arrange a group visit. Follow Route 7 the Branchville section of Ridgefield. Turn onto Route 102 West at a traffic light. Take 2nd left onto Old Branchville Road. Turn left at first stop sign onto Nod Hill Road. Follow Nod Hill Road one mile; continue straight after stop sign at Pelham Lane to 735 Nod Hill Road Burlingham House Visitor Center The Burlingham House Visitor Center, bears the name of Julian Alden Weir's youngest daughter, Cora Weir Burlingham, who lived in this house from 1931 to 1986. Today the building serves as the park's visitor center where you can talk with Park Rangers, sign up for tours, obtain Junior Ranger program materials, explore museum exhibits, watch the park film, pick up free-to-use art supplies, and visit the Eastern National bookstore. Public restrooms are available seasonally in the nearby Burlingham Barn. If you are coming to Weir Farm National Historical Park as part of a group that will require three or more vehicles, please call in advance to arrange a group visit. Take Route 7 until you reach the intersection with Route 102 West (Ridgefield/Wilton border). Turn onto Route 102 West at a traffic light. Take 2nd left onto Old Branchville Road. Turn left at first stop sign onto Nod Hill Road. Follow Nod Hill Road one mile; continue straight after reaching Pelham Lane to 735 Nod Hill Road. Temporary Outdoor Visitor Center The Burlingham House Visitor Center building is closed this season for construction and installation of new exhibits. The Temporary Outdoor Visitor Center and restrooms will be available Wednesdays – Sundays, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. from May through October. Please note there are no restrooms available on Mondays and Tuesday so please plan accordingly. Starting July 1, visitors can pick up a set of free-to-use art supplies and sign up for tours during regular scheduled hours. First come, first served. If you are coming to Weir Farm National Historical Park as part of a group that will require three or more vehicles, please call in advance to arrange a group visit. Take Route 7 until you reach the intersection with Route 102 West (Ridgefield/Wilton border). Turn onto Route 102 West at a traffic light. Take 2nd left onto Old Branchville Road. Turn left at first stop sign onto Nod Hill Road. Follow Nod Hill Road one mile; continue straight after reaching Pelham Lane to 735 Nod Hill Road. Weir House A view of the south side of the Weir House with porch visable, showing a fence in front of the home The Weir House was home to three generations of artists, beginning with Impressionist painter Julian Alden Weir in 1882. Living Room of the Weir House The inside of a living room with two arm chairs and a table in between. Weir House tours are offered seasonally, Wednesday through Sunday. Plein Air Painting of Weir Studio A painting of a red building with the same building in the background. An oil painting of Weir Studio by artist Mary Burkhardt at Weir Farm National Historical Park. The Inside of the Young Studio The inside of a studio with several northern windows, paintings, sculptures, and art supplies. The Young Studio has been restored to circa-1940 and is historically furnished. Mahonri Young once owned many of the furnishings and art supplies in the building. Weir Barn An wooden barn with the slider door open and a wooden fence around the sides. The Weir Barn and its outbuildings - the tack house, chicken coop, ice house, and corn crib - were crucial to the working farm. Weir Pond A large still pond in the foreground reflects the tree line that rims the pond. Weir Pond was built in 1896 after Julian Alden Weir won 1st prize at the Boston Art Club Exposition. NETN Species Spotlight - Your Flowers, Shrubs, and Plants Native species - birds, insects, plants, etc - need our help. When planning your yard layout, consider adding some valuable native plants to the mix. 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Learn more about this natural history of this fascinating fungi. Puffball emitting spores. National Park Service Commemoration of the 19th Amendment In commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the passing of the 19th Amendment the National Park Service has developed a number of special programs. This includes online content, exhibits, and special events. The National Park Service’s Cultural Resources Geographic Information Systems (CRGIS) announces the release of a story map that highlights some of these programs and provides information for the public to locate and participate. 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The <a href="https://www.nps.gov/orgs/1088/index.htm">NPS Geologic Resources Division</a> and many parks work with National and International <a href="https://www.nps.gov/subjects/geology/park-geology.htm">geoconservation</a> communities to ensure that NPS abiotic resources are managed using the highest standards and best practices available. park scene mountains Series: Creative Teaching with Historic Places: Selections from CRM Vol 23 no 8 (2000) These articles are a selection from a special issue of CRM Journal, "Creative Teaching with Historic Places" published in 2000. They provide examples of teaching using historic places both in and out of the classroom, helping students connect with history using the power of place, as well as how to prepare lessons making those connections. Teaching with Historic Places is a program of the National Park Service. Cover of CRM Journal "Creative Teaching with Historic Places" The Importance of the Bass Family to Life on Weir Farm There were many people that worked the land during the time that J. Alden Weir and his family lived on Weir Farm. Each left their mark, but none more than the Bass Family that worked the farm for 15 years between 1929 and 1944. During their time on the farm, George and Bessie Bass raised all nine children and will always be remembered. A family of four: mother, father, and two young boys standing next to one another outside. NPS Geodiversity Atlas—Weir Farm National Historic Site, Connecticut Each park-specific page in the NPS Geodiversity Atlas provides basic information on the significant geologic features and processes occurring in the park. Links to products from Baseline Geologic and Soil Resources Inventories provide access to maps and reports. [Site Under Development] farm building The Knoche Family, Builders of Stonewalls for Weir Farm When Julian Alden Weir and his family moved to their Ridgefield farm there was only one neighbor. This neighbor was Joe Knoche, Sr., a German immigrant who had come to the United States when he was 14 years old. Old Joe, as he came to be called, was an extremely hard worker who was a master of construction, especially in regard to stonewall building and housing. Today the park pays tribute to Old Joe’s work by giving stone wall tours. A sketch of a building building a stone wall with two other stone masons. Plan Like a Park Ranger: Top 10 Tips for Visiting Weir Farm National Historical Park Planning a visit to Weir Farm National Historical Park? Plan like a Park Ranger and follow these ten tips to ensure you have a fantastic day! A red building next to green trees and a blue sky with white clouds overhead. Species Spotlight - Cecropia Moth Cecropia moths are the largest moth in North America. Their fascinating one-year life cycle is one of the most amazing transformations known to nature. Face of a male cecropia moth. Fat Book Week You've heard of #FatBearWeek...now get ready for #FatBookWeek! In honor of the 10,000+ books in the Longfellow family collection, we called on other literary-minded sites to submit the fattest book in their museum collections for a tournament-style bracket of 10 heavyweight tomes. Check out the bracket, then visit @LONGNPS on Instagram each morning from October 6-12 to vote for your favorite bulky book! Graphic of a bear with a paw on a stack of books. Text reads "Fat Book Week October 6-12, 2021"

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