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.
Seasonal Volunteer Spotlight
National Park Service, Weir Farm National Historic Site
Autumn Volunteer Spotlight: Alex
Meet Alex, autumn's featured Weir Farm National Historic Site (NHS) Volunteer! Alex began volunteering for the park in June, following his retirement. He worked in the pharmaceutical industry for 35 years in drug regulatory affairs in Canada, Switzerland, and the United States for Boehringer-Ingelheim. Before he retired, he visited a number of National Park Service (NPS) sites, and decided to devote some of his retirement time to support his local national park. "I have learned a lot this year volunteering at Weir Farm NHS, and that has helped make my transition to retirement an enjoyable experience," he says.
As a volunteer of Weir Farm NHS, Alex helps keep the park beautiful and protects natural resources as a Garden Gang and Trail Monitor Volunteer. Alex has spent the past few months helping with special projects like re-creating a historic vegetable garden and beautifying the Secret Garden, Sunken Garden, and Terraced Gardens. Alex says gardening is his favorite activity because it has allowed him to better appreciate the park's gardens and plants. He has also applied what he's learned here at home, helping to improve his own garden and lawn. As a Trail Monitor, Alex collects and reports data on a variety of species as part of a nationwide phenology study, and keeps the trails clean and safe for visitors. Alex has also pitched in for special events and volunteer opportunities like National Public Lands Day and a Stone Wall Workshop. "I enjoy the interaction with the other site volunteers, NPS staff and Weir Farm visitors," says Alex, "and the opportunity to learn more about gardening, trail monitoring, dry stone wall building and repair, as well as first aid."
Alex considers his family close, especially his wife and their adult son, daughter-in-law, and three young grandsons. They also have a Boston terrier named Pooh Bear. Alex and his wife enjoy traveling and have visited Australia and countries in Europe, Asia and Africa. They have lived in the United States, Switzerland and Canada and enjoy visiting family and friends in the United States, Canada and Philippines. In his travels, Alex has visited over ten NPS sites. As a visitor to Weir Farm NHS, Alex enjoys walking throughout the park and seeing the grounds, facilities, art, plants, and animals. In addition to Weir Farm NHS, his other two favorites are Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve in Alaska where Alex and his wife enjoyed the wildlife and kayaking and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park because of the unique landscape and active volcano.
Alex's hard work, dedication, and enthusiasm have added so much to the park's volunteer program. The work he's accomplished in his first year is incredibly inspiring. Thanks Alex for the support you offer and for having an uplifting can-do attitude! We truly appreciate all you do!
Did You Know?
Weir Farm National Historic Site is located in the historic town of Branchville, Connecticut. It was named for the "branch" of the train line that used to connect the Danbury railroad to the center of Ridgefield, Connecticut.