Connecticut's only National Park, Weir Farm http://www.nps.gov/wefa/index.htm is located on 735 Nod Hill Rd. on the Wilton Ridgefield town lines and was founded by noted American Impressionist painter, Julian Alden Weir. The property was Weir's family summer retreat from New York City and it was here that Weir and fellow artists became inspired by the natural beauty of this property bringing Weir to the forefront of the American Impressionist movement in America.
Today, the landscape of this magnificent property still inspires young and old artists alike of all abilities. The landscape remains virtually unchanged from the time that Weir painted scenes here allowing today's visitors to recreate the landscape.
On Thursday, August 7, visitors are invited to take a 45-minute tour of J. Alden Weir’s House at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. The tours of the house are limited to 12 people and are on a first come first serve basis Thursday – Sundays. Tours start with a 13- minute film explaining the history of the park before visitors are guided to tour the house. This year, tours are offered through November 30.
A series of en plein air sessions are offered Thursdays – Sundays from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. in sketching and watercolors to help you discover your inner artist, all ages and levels of ability are welcome. The National Park Service provides Art supplies and visitors can take home the artwork they have created.
On Saturday, August 16 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. visitors to the park are invited to take a leisurely stroll of the property, named the "Land of Nod" by Weir while listening to poetry inspired by the paintings of Julian Alden Weir. Bonnie Tremante's poetry captures the serene beauty of this magical landscape with words. There is no fee to participate in this walk, but registration is required. For more information and registration call 203-834-1896 ext. 28.
This 60- acre park includes walking trails, programs, the Weir House, Weir and Young Studios, barns, stonewalls, gardens and Weir pond and is noted to be one of the nation's finest remaining landscapes of American Art.