Weir Farm National Historic Site (Weir Farm NHS), a National Park for the Arts was designated by Congress on October 31, 1990. The park is the only unit in the National Park Service dedicated to American Impressionism and one of the finest remaining landscapes associated with this genre of art from the late 1800s into the 1900s. The park welcomes approximately 40,000 visitors a year and focuses on connecting people of all ages to art, nature and historic preservation. The park is named for Julian Alden Weir, America’s most beloved Impressionist, and he and his family lived at Weir Farm seasonally from 1882 to 1919. Many art colleagues visited him here and painted numerous masterpieces of the rocky landscape and farm buildings. Followed by his daughter, artist Dorothy Weir Young and her husband, the acclaimed sculptor Mahonri Mackintosh Young, the artistic tradition continued into the late 1950s. In 1958 landscape painters Sperry and Doris Andrews bought part of the farm and ultimately protected it from developers making it a national story of historic preservation for the American public.
Weir Farm Art Center's Partnership with Weir Farm NHS
The Weir Farm Art Center is a 501(c)(3) organization that partners with Weir Farm NHS to run the Artist-in-Residence program and also helps reunite historically significant paintings and objects with the park. Visit the Donations page for more information. The Art Center, previously the Weir Farm Trust, has been running the Artist-in-Residence program since 1998 and has hosted over 220 artists from throughout the United States and around the world. Additionally, WFAC owns and maintains the adjoining Weir Preserve.