Burlingham House Visitor Center Closed
Please note the visitor center is closed December 1, 2013 through March 31, 2014. Park grounds are open daily year-round from dawn to dusk. Maps, brochures, and the Passport to Your National Parks stamp are available on the porch of the visitor center.
Winter Weather Information
Although park grounds remain open in snowy weather, snow removal will be minimal and restrooms may be locked. Be aware and plan ahead, as trails and parking areas may not be cleared. Use caution if driving to the park, as road conditions may be hazardous.
Branchville - May 1897
Branchville, May 5, 1897
The artist Albert Pinkham Ryder to Julian Alden Weir, after a stay at Weir's farm:
My Dear Julian,
I feel it my duty to drop you a line to let you know what good your kind interest and brotherly friendship have done for me. I sleep nights, Mr. and Mrs. Remy [the farm’s caretakers] are as kind as possible; I like the domestic noise and bustle of their dwelling, and the busy planning of the garden which comes on apace.
I have never seen the beauty of a spring before; which is something to have lived and suffered for. The landscape and the air are full of promise. That eloquent little fruit tree that we looked at together, like a spirit among the more earthly colors, is already losing its fairy blossoms, showing the lesson of life; how alert we must be if we would have its gift and values.
My little guide Carl Remy waits in the morning to see what I would do; and is altogether a sweet and amiable little lad and his brother also.
If when I get cured I could only learn to have language so as not to be continually misunderstood, except by you and those who have known me so many years.
I wish you could have been here and enjoyed the beauty of your own place.
I am still quite weak in the head, so with kind remembrances and best wishes for Mrs. Weir and the children I am yours in all friendship and appreciation,
Albert P. Ryder
Did You Know?
Weir Farm National Historic Site is located in both Wilton and Ridgefield, Connecticut. The main house is located in Ridgefield and the visitor center is in Wilton.