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“Nice way to spend the day.”

Weir Farm National Historic Site
Ranked #1 of 4 things to do in Wilton
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: The summer home of J. Alden Weir, a pioneer of the American Impressionist movement.
Farmington, CT
Level 6 Contributor
74 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
“Nice way to spend the day.”
Reviewed October 21, 2013

We stopped by Weir Farm on a nice Sunday in October. It was a great way to spend the day. The grounds are beautiful. The visitor's center is staffed by Rangers. Our two children (4 and 3) enjoyed the Junior Ranger programs. We did the Pond Pack and the Letterboxing activities.

The Pond Pack was fun, they give you a Junior Ranger backpack with supplies (tape measure, magnifying glass, bug box, sketch pad and a field guide for identifying things). Then you go for a short hike (45 minutes) through the woods on an easy trek to the pond. The trail loops around the pond and comes back. We found the dam to be a good place to picnic. We then headed back to the visitor's center and did the letterboxing, about another 45 minutes. The kids get a badge for completing one exercise and a patch if they complete both.

Also, on Sundays they put out a nice tote with water color painting supplies. The kids painted while at the pond and also back at the farm. The houses on the Weir Farm weren't open when we were there. It looked like they were being restored. We spent about 4 hours total on the property.

There is a little gift shop in the visitor's center with an orientation video. There are also clean bathrooms attached to a barn out back. We didn't see any place close-by for food, but it didn't matter for us because we packed a lunch. We got into the main parking lot at around 11:00. It was about 1/2 full. They have over flow parking and the Rangers were right on top of letting people know where to park.

I highly recommend a visit.

Visited October 2013
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Sinclairville, New York
Level 6 Contributor
129 reviews
77 attraction reviews
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“wish the buildings were open”
Reviewed August 27, 2013

Stopped and watched the video before walking around the grounds a little. Considering the buildings were closed, it was a fast visit. There is a tour but we did not have time to wait for it.

Visited August 2013
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New York
Level 6 Contributor
214 reviews
59 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
“Hidden No-Cost Option for Elementary Kids and Artists Alike”
Reviewed August 6, 2013

My son and I took advantage over this national park's Junior Ranger program over the weekend. There are two programs to choose from - we completed the Letter-boxing. We enjoyed our time together looking for the letter boxes for no cost!
Before reaching the park, I was amazed how pretty Nod Hill Road was. We visited the farm on a beautiful summer day, and we could walk around the park whilst learning about the Weir family.
I would like to go back to participate in the Pond Pack, the other Junior Ranger program.

Visited August 2013
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Wilton, Connecticut
Level 2 Contributor
9 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Best Kept Secret in the USA!”
Reviewed July 29, 2013

Did you know there is a National Historic Site in Fairfield County, CT? It's the best kept secret in the USA!

An artist's dream come true with a rich history, magnificent walks and beautiful hiking trails through the woods. The tours of the property, led by rangers from the National Park Service, are fun and informative. The houses, studios and barns, which are as bucolic as they are magnificent, are undergoing a major (I'm guessing in the millions) restoration. The exterior work appears to be close to completion and it's my understanding that the interior work is ongoing. There's also an artist in residence, who's lucky enough to be housed on the property. The grounds are meticulously maintained and, as they are throughout Wilton, the stone walls are works of art. Weir Farm is located on Nod Hill Road, one of the most beautiful roads you'll ever walk, jog, bike or drive.

I continue to take family and friends there when they visit. Don't miss it if you're anywhere near Wilton, CT just south of the Ridgefield line.

Visited July 2013
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Coventry, Connecticut
Level 6 Contributor
232 reviews
61 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
“"American Impressionism" Art Farm!”
Reviewed July 14, 2013

This National Historic Site, is an artists heaven! The farm is also part of the Nature Conservancy, and an art center. It is located in a "remote" part of south western Connecticut, driving through hills and winding treed backroads! It is indeed a jewel in the hills, with apple orchards, old farmhouses, rock walls, and secret gardens! The art center provides art materials, etc, for anyone who desires to paint! What a serene and inspiring peaceful place! It is a photographers dream! We will be coming back to this Weir Farm National park in the Fall for the foliage! Enjoyed our tour of the place immensely. A great family outing! Admission is free!

Visited July 2013
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