• From Right to Left: Weir House, Weir Studio, and Young Studio

    Weir Farm

    National Historic Site Connecticut

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  • 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.

Foreshadowing Fate Walk at Weir Farm National Historic Site

Anna Dwight Baker and Julian Alden Weir
Historic Photo of Julian Alden Weir & Anna Baker Weir
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News Release Date: October 26, 2013
Contact: Registration Line, 203-834-1896 ext. 28

On Saturday, November 9 from 3:00 to 4:00 pm, take a late afternoon walk through the autumn landscape of Weir Farm National Historic Site with local scholar and volunteer Bonnie Tremante as she reads excerpts of historic letters written in 1882 to artist Julian Alden Weir from his young fiancée Anna Dwight Baker. These letters foreshadow Anna’s tragic death in 1893 due to complications caused by the birth of Julian and Anna’s third daughter Cora. Anna's eerie sense of her own fate is reflected in the autumn’s cold, dying landscape, setting sun, and mystical evening atmosphere so chillingly described in Anna’s own words. There is no fee to participate in the walk, but registration is required and space is limited. To register for the Foreshadowing Fate Walk or for more information, please call 203-834-1896 ext. 28. 

Bonnie Tremante graduated with a B.A. in English from Pennsylvania State University, an M.A. in Reading and Language Arts from Montclair University, and earned a Humanities and Writing Certificate of Advanced Study from Wesleyan University. She taught for 14 years in the Wilton Public School system in the English Department and continues to explore her love of literature and art by volunteering at Weir Farm National Historic Site where she enjoys transcribing historic letters and presenting special interpretive programs.  

Weir Farm National Historic Site was home to three generations of American artists. Julian Alden Weir, a leading figure in American art and the development of American Impressionism, acquired the farm in 1882. After Weir, the artistic legacy was continued by his daughter, painter Dorothy Weir Young and her husband, sculptor Mahonri Young, followed by New England painters Sperry and Doris Andrews. Today, the 60-acre park, which includes the Weir House, Weir and Young Studios, barns, gardens, and Weir Pond, is one of the nation’s finest remaining landscapes of American art. For more information about Weir Farm National Historic Site or the National Park Service, please visit www.nps.gov/wefa or call 203-834-1896.  

Did You Know?

Weir Studio - Photo by Peter Margonelli

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.