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.
Dorothy Weir Young Story
Dorothy Weir Young, recounting an episode at the farm involving the American Impressionist, Childe Hassam:
Hassam’s laugh was as hearty as himself. On one occasion unexplained shouts and roars of laughter were heard coming up the lane that runs by the house at Branchville; the cheerful sound continued for a long time before its authors put in an appearance. Finally a three-seated buckboard drove up to the door with several dogs running out from underneath, while from the wagon itself emerged Poultney Bigelow, Hassam and [artist] Frederic Remington, himself a six foot giant. The first two were on a visit to Remington in nearby Ridgefield. Their appearance these days might cause no particular comment, but for that time their getup was unusual: blue jeans, pirate bandannas tied around their heads, and Poultney Bigelow in carpet slippers with the toes cut out. They were all in high good spirits, like boys out of school, and how they all enjoyed just being alive.
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.