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.
Visitor of the Month
National Park Service
November 2013 Visitors of the Month: Fiona, Ronan, Aislynn, and Buddy
This November, Weir Farm National Historic Site would like to introduce you to the latest additions to our Visitor of the Month family: Siblings Aislynn, Ronan, and Fiona, along with their brand new puppy, Buddy! Ronan, age 5, is in kindergarten at Miller Driscoll School in Wilton, CT. and loves playing with planes and cars. He's a great little brother and loves his pets (especially his cat Tiger.) Fiona, age 7, is in third grade at Cider Mill School in Wilton, CT. Fiona takes ballet and gymnastics classes, and is learning to play the violin! She also loves music and any kind of art and crafts activity. And finally, Aislynn, age 9, is in fourth grade at Cider Mill, and takes contemporary dance and gymnastics classes. Aislynn is learning to play piano and loves drawing, and playing outside.
Ronan and his sisters first visited the park in 2012 with their family. The kids quickly found they could participate in many of their favorite activities while visiting the park, including taking walks, playing tag, and painting! Aislynn says that her favorite thing to do while visiting the park is to hike down to Weir Pond. She also says that she recently enjoyed listening to music and playing with brother, sister, and friends while attending Jazz in the Garden: an annual music event that takes place every year in the fall at Weir Farm National Historic Site. Fiona is looking forward to doing the Junior Ranger program alongside her brother and sister.
Aislynn, Fiona, and Ronan have had a number of pets over the years including two cats (Tiger and Pumpkin) and a fish. However, just a few weeks ago, another furry friend joined their household: Buddy the dog! Buddy is a mixed golden collie who was adopted by their family from the North Shore Animal Shelter. At just two weeks old, Buddy came to visit the park for the first time in early October. Not only was he able to roam the grounds and say hello to all the friendly rangers, but Buddy also became an honorary "Bark Ranger" by purchasing a dog bandana and a leash from the museum store at the park. Buddy proudly strutted his new gear for us all, while Aislynn and Fiona showed the rangers some of the new tricks they are teaching him. Both sisters say they plan to bring Buddy to visit on a regular basis, and that the park will be a great place to train him as he grows up.
The rangers look forward to hanging out more with Aislynn, Fiona, Ronan and Buddy. It truly brightens our day to see all three of them romping around in the leaves and enjoying the wonderful fall weather here at Weir Farm National Historic Site!
Did You Know?
Painter Julian Alden Weir wanted to build a rural retreat in the Keene Valley area of the Adirondacks, but decided instead that his farm in Branchville, Connecticut, now preserved as Weir Farm National Historic Site, would make a more suitable home for his family.