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 - November 1902
Branchville, November 30, 1902
Julian Alden Weir to his friend, C.E.S. Wood:
I am indebted for two letters to you when it ought to be the reverse. I am at present struggling with a portrait which is coming on finely… Oh, how I wished for you again this fall to enjoy birds. We have had partridges or quail for supper every night since Nov. 1st and still there hang seasoning eight partridges and one quail. Today is the last of the shooting for this year. I have a good dog and have had plenty of fun after the day’s work generally stopping at 3:30 pm, and taking the dog and gun till dark…
I have not produced as much as you have been led to believe, but I think that the canvases I have have a more consistent truth. I have not changed in any way not even in the subjects chosen but it is my hope and desire to get close to Nature, to know her character more intimately, but I will be old, old, old before I can do even the little I do without her assistance. I hope to accomplish much this winter. I am in good shape after all my walks and climbing stone walls, and how many beautiful things I have seen in these tramps… I wish I could use a fairy wand and make you a neighbor when we could be together in the fine hunts when I try to bag nature even more than game…
Did You Know?
Many famous artists have found inspiration at Weir Farm National Historic Site. Childe Hassam, Albert Pinkham Ryder, and John Twachtman have all painted on site. More...