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.
Established in 1990, the park preserves the home of Julian Alden Weir and protects one of the last intact landscapes associated with American Impressionism. It is situated in the towns of Ridgefield and Wilton and helps preserve a significant portion of open space.The 68-acre park is located in the Southern New England Coastal Plains and Hills ecoregion in the southern part of Connecticut, and is within 25 miles of the Long Island Sound Atlantic coast. The park contains open fields, successional forest, and several wetland complexes and ephemeral surface streams. The ecological value of this small park is enhanced by adjacent forested land protected by the Weir Preserve and the Town of Ridgefield.
This area is part of the New England Upland section of the New England Province in the larger Appalachian Highlands. The region is characterized by north-south trending bands of rock reflecting a long history of Appalachian mountain building and ice age glaciation.
Long Term Monitoring Programs in the Park
Park Basline Inventories
The Inventory and Monitoring Program provides guidance, funding, and technical assistance for parks to complete a set of 12 baseline, or "basic", natural resource inventories. These basic inventories are common to all parks with significant natural resources, and are intended to provide park managers with the minimum information needed to effectively manage the natural resources of their park.
Park Species ListsSpecies lists are available from NPSpecies, the National Park Service's tool for documenting park biodiversity. Keep in mind that these species lists are a work-in-progress. Changes and updates are made as more species are shepherded through a rigorous vetting process. The absence of a species from a list produced with the tool below doesn't necessarily mean the species is absent from a park.
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Non NPS Citizen Science Opportunities in the Park
Bird observations from eBirdWeir Farm NHS has been set up in eBird as a birding "hotspot". Help the park bolster bird data by adding your bird obsevations to eBird when you visit the park.
Species observations from iNaturalist