History & Culture

“Weir found the world beautiful and he spent his life showing others the visions he had seen.” - Dorothy Weir Young (1890-1947)

In 1882, the American artist Julian Alden Weir (1852-1919) traded a still life painting he had purchased for $560 for a 153-acre farm in Branchville, Connecticut. Here, amidst rocky fields and woodlands, Weir spent nearly four decades painting. His artist friends Childe Hassam, John Twachtman, Emil Carlsen, and Albert Pinkham Ryder often joined him. Together, they created masterpieces of light and color on canvas that came to define American Impressionism. After his death, Weir’s daughter Dorothy Weir Young, an artist in her own right, and her husband, sculptor Mahonri Young, carried on the artistic legacy at Weir Farm. They were followed by New England painters Sperry and Doris Andrews.

Today, the 68-acre site is the only National Historical Park to offer the home, studio, and grounds of an important late 19th-century American artist whose home and land were integral to his artistic vision and to the growth of a national style of painting.

A close up painting of a man.
Meet the Artists

Learn about the prominent artists and their family members who lived and worked here.

A red house with a white back porch with lilacs in front of it.

Explore all the places that make up Weir Farm National Historical Park.

A white wallpaper with blue flowers over it.

View objects in our collection, from furniture to paint brushes.

A black and white photo of a woman leaning up against a car.

Learn about the the people that worked the land during the time that Julian Alden Weir and his family lived in Branchville.

Last updated: June 17, 2022

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