The Weir Farm National Historic Site was established in order to celebrate the legacy of Julian Alden Weir, one of the most renowned American impressionist painters during the late 1800s. The site preserves the artist’s original residence and studio.
In 1882, Weir boarded a train from New York in order to get to his modest farm nestled in the gently sloping hills of Branchville, Connecticut. After taking notice of the serene atmosphere far from the hustle and bustle of the city, Weir and his family gradually converted their summer retreat into an inspiring creative haven for their close friends and fellow artists.
Decades later, the Weir Farm continues to serve as a source of inspiration for artists from all walks of life. In addition to J. Alden Weir, it also served as the home to two brilliant artists: painter Sperry Andrews and sculptor Mahonri Young. The sprawling 60-acre site is not only designed to preserve the former homes, studios and barns, but also its distinctive stone walls, sweeping fields, and breathtaking landscape that continues to inspire modern-day artists and visitors.
Visiting Weir Farm National Historic Site
No entrance fee is required to visit Weir Farm National Historic Site. House tours are typically available from May to October, Wednesdays to Sundays at 11am, 1pm, 2pm, and 3pm. The tours take about 45 minutes each, and are only available through same-day registration on a first-come, first-served basis.
Studio tours are also available from May to October, and are open to the public from 10am to 4pm, Wednesdays through Sundays. Studio tours at the site give visitors a one-of-a-kind opportunity to learn more about the artists’ styles, techniques, influences, and creative process. If you’d like to know more about other great destinations in Wilton, CT, visit this page.