Park Closures September 7, 2014
Please note that on Sunday, September 7th, the parking lot, visitor center, Weir Studio, and Young Studio will close at 1 pm for the annual Jazz in the Garden event. The 1pm, 2pm, and 3pm tours of the Weir House will not be offered.
Calling all Kids! Collect stories about the Civil War and civil rights! The National Park Service is offering more than 500 trading cards to mark the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. You can view all of the cards online and discover stories from nearly 90 national parks in 31 states and the District of Columbia. You'll be surprised at what you will learn.
To earn all 4 trading cards in person, you have the option of completing any of the park's awesome programs during visitor center hours. You can Take Part in Art, participate in either of our Junior Ranger Programs, take a Ranger guided tour, or use our Self-Guiding Walking Tour brochure to explore the landscape! Just tell a Ranger once you've completed any of these activities.
Major General Truman Seymour
In 1852, this former assistant professor of drawing at West Point married Julian Alden Weir's eldest sister, Louisa. Seymour participated in Ft. Sumter's defense, the Peninsula Campaign, South Mountain, and Antietam. Wounded at Battery Wagner, he commanded Union forces (including three African American regiments) at Olustee. Seymour remained lifelong friends with J. Alden Weir, eventually retiring to Europe, where he took up watercolor painting.
John F. Weir
1841 - 1926
The Gun Foundry - Depicting the Fire Power of the North
Gulian Verplanck Weir
1837 - 1886
Haunted by War
J. Alden Weir's older brother, Gulian, served in Battery C, 5th US Artillery. Rising to the rank of lieutenant, he saw action at Antietam, Chancellorsville, and Gettysburg. His failure to re-capture three cannons seized by Confederates on the second day at Gettysburg haunted Weir for the rest of his life.
Robert Walter Weir
1803 - 1889
Teacher of Heroes
Appointed Instructor of Drawing at West Point in 1834, Robert Walter Weir later became a full professor - a post he held until his retirement in 1876. Drawing was a practical course for cadets who might become engineers, surveyors, or mapmakers. In addition to teaching his son Julian, cadets like Robert E. Lee, William Tecumseh Sherman, Stonewall Jackson, and Ulysses S. Grant learned the basics of art and drawing from R.W. Weir.
Did You Know?
Painter Julian Alden Weir installed stars on the ceiling of all three of his studios. He had three studios: one in New York City, one in Windham, CT and one behind his home in Branchville, CT. Visitors will be able to see the original stars in his Branchville studio at Weir Farm National Historic Site once the Weir Studio has been restored in late 2013.