Weir Farm National Historic Site

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Weir Farm National Historic Site
IUCN category V (protected landscape/seascape)
Map showing the location of Weir Farm National Historic Site
Map showing the location of Weir Farm National Historic Site
Map showing the location of Weir Farm National Historic Site
Map showing the location of Weir Farm National Historic Site
Location 735 Nod Hill Road
Fairfield County, Connecticut, United States
Nearest city Wilton, CT
Coordinates 41°15′29″N 73°27′17″W / 41.25806°N 73.45472°W / 41.25806; -73.45472
WEIR FARM NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE Latitude and Longitude:

41°15′29″N 73°27′17″W / 41.25806°N 73.45472°W / 41.25806; -73.45472
Area 60 acres (24 ha) [1]
Established 1990
Visitors 34,802 (in 2014)
Governing body National Park Service
Website Weir Farm National Historic Site

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.

J. Alden Weir's studio at Weir Farm

Weir Farm is one of two sites in the National Park Service devoted to the visual arts, along with Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site. [2]

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. [3] Weir Farm also runs an ongoing "Take Part in Art" program, under which visitors can create their own works on site. [4]

Weir Farm will be recognized on the 52nd quarter in 2020 as part of the America the Beautiful Quarters Program. [5]

History

The main house

After considering the Keene Valley area of New York's Adirondack Mountains for a rural retreat, [6] 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. [7] Weir and artists he hosted subsequently produced a large number of paintings depicting Ridgefield landscapes and other nearby countryside. [8]

Weir's daughter Dorothy Weir, a noted artist in her own right, took over management of the property following her father's death in 1919. Sculptor Mahonri Young would build a second studio at Weir Farm after the couple married in 1931. [9]

Artist Sperry Andrews would befriend Mahonri Young and spent several years keeping him company while painting the site. After Mahonris death Sperry would purchase the property and his wife Doris Andrews lead efforts with Cora Weir Burlingham to preserve the Weir Farm site, resulting in the U.S. government designating it a National Historic Site in 1990. [10] Sperry and his wife Doris Andrews were given life tenancy, and would give impromptu tours of the studios to park visitors until after both had passed. [11]

Afterwards the site underwent extensive restoration to transform the park into a more visitor friendly experience. The two artist studios and house were restored to period, and in May 2014 were made accessible to the public again. [12]

The property today includes 16 buildings on 60 acres of land [1] with the grounds including a hiking trail. Tours are offered by National Park Service rangers. [13]

In 2007, the U.S. Department of the Interior sought Congressional approval for the National Park Service to acquire space in nearby Redding, Connecticut for administration and operational support to Weir Farm. Under existing federal law at the time, the National Park Service was authorized to secure expansion space in Ridgefield and Wilton only. [14]

Notable residents and visitors

Map of the grounds

WEIR FARM NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE INFORMATION

Weir ... Farm ... National ... Historic ... Site ...

POPULAR VIDEOS AND PHOTOS



POPULAR ONLINE SOURCES

Google | Yahoo | Bing | DuckDuckGo | Ask | Aol | Facebook | Twitter | Linkedin | The New York Times | Yelp | Buzzfeed | US Weekly | RollingStone | WebMD | The Verge | HubPages | PlayBuzz | ESPN



  ↑ TOP OF PAGE ↑  


© Computer Services Express