Designed and preserved by artists, Weir Farm National Historic Site -- with 16 historic buildings and 60 acres of landscape -- is the only national park dedicated to American painting. Weir Farm was home to three generations of American artists. Julian Alden Weir, a leading figure in development of American Impressionism, acquired the farm in 1882. After Weir, his daughter, painter Dorothy Weir Young and her sculptor-husband, Mahonri Young, maintained the tradition, followed in turn by painters Sperry and Doris Andrews.
A collection-only site, the first generation collection includes artwork by Julian Alden Weir, John Ferguson Weir, John Singer Sargent, Childe Hassam, John Henry Twachtman, Albert Pinkham Ryder and Dorothy Weir. Additionally, Weir Farm holds works by Dorothy Weir Young and Mahonri Mackintosh Young, as well as locally-inspired artwork by Doris Andrews and Sperry Andrews.
Weir House is one of two visual art sites in the National Park Service, the other being Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site in Cornish, New Hampshire.
Tour registration is required for entry to Weir House. Please check museum website for schedule.
Museum is a member of the Connecticut Art Trail, a partnership of 18 museums and historic sites. The Art Pass, which is good for a year, includes one-day admission to each museum.
Whether you go or not, The Weir Family, 1820-1920: Expanding the Traditions of American Art , explores how the transatlantic encounters of three of America’s most notable nineteenth- and early twentieth-century artists helped mold American art. Robert Walter Weir (1803–1889) and his sons John Ferguson Weir (1841–1926) and Julian Alden Weir (1852–1919) saw themselves as heirs to European art traditions and repeatedly crossed the Atlantic to connect with their artistic heritage. Yet they lived, painted, and taught in New York and New England, where they were leaders in American art. Robert taught art at West Point, John founded the first academic art program on a U.S. college campus at Yale, and Julian was a major American impressionist. With more than 150 color and back-and-white images, this book examines the lives of the American men and women of the Weir art dynasty and their explorations of the wider world—from the Hudson River Valley to London, Paris, and Rome.
The home of three generations of American artists