Weir Farm National Historical Park is the only National Park Service site in the state of Connecticut. It is built around the art studios of Julian Alden Weir, an American impressionist painter that were later utilized by the Mormon sculptor Mahonri Young who made the This Is the Place monument in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Free guided tour, free use of colored pencils/pastels, Artist in Residence program
A unique opportunity the park provides is the use of colored pencils and pastels for each visitor to create their own artwork when they visit. In this way they continue to allow the farm to inspire artists to capture the landscape in their own way, regardless of age or ability.
Pick up a self-guided walking tour pamphlet at the visitor center then walk (1.5 miles roundtrip) to Weir Pond, where the family loved to spend time in the summer fishing, swimming, and, of course, painting.
Get into the artistic spirit by posing with your face to the window like Weir’s wife did for a portrait in the family’s living room that you can see hanging inside the house.
Open year round, but this was Weir’s summer home because that is the nicest time of year here.
All roads are paved, but Nod Hill Road is steep and narrow which may be difficult for RVs and other large vehicles. The small parking lot cannot accommodate large RVs.
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