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Weir Farm National Historic Site is a New England property located not far from Ridgefield, Connecticut; it was once the home of Julian Alden Weir, an American painter and sculptor. It is managed by the National Park Service but is a part of Weir's original estate; the remainder of Weir's original estate is owned and managed by the Weir Farm Art Center. The site's landscape is largely open meadows and sections of woodland, with moss-covered stone walls dividing the area into sections. Weir is considered by some to be the father of American Impressionism, and his farm played an important role in his inspiration.
The Weir farm was an influence to more than just Weir himself, though; many other notable artists visited the farm, and some even stayed, deciding to live there. Sperry Andrews, one of the farm's stewards and protectors, moved to the farm with his wife Doris in 1957. Mahonri Mackintosh Young of Salt Lake City married Weir's daughter Dorothy in 1931; Young was most famous for his interpretations of daily life and large monuments. RV camping near Weir Farm National Historic Site will allow you to share Weir's experiences and to see what he saw.
The historic site has several attractions you will want to see, beginning with the Weir House, which was the artist's actual accommodations. The house still has the original furniture that Weir used, and it is open to the public for guided tours. The Weir Studio is where he did his work and is furnished with a potbelly stove amongst other items; other landmarks on the site include the Burlingham House, the Young Studio, and the estate gardens.
The Burlingham House was the residence of Weir's youngest daughter Cora; today, it serves as the visitor center, and it has exhibits showcasing the family and the people who have maintained the Weir Farm over the years. The Young Studio is used to house and exhibit the tools Weir used and some of his works. The gardens (there are three of them, the Secret Garden, Sunken Garden, and Terrace Garden) were initially created by Weir and have been maintained by the National Park Service and two garden clubs.
There is additionally a pond that Weir built and woodlands which help to demonstrate how the landscape affected Weir and his work. You can reach the pond built by Weir in 1896 via a trail; the woods, situated in the Weir Preserve, offer the chance to take longer hikes through groves of mature oak, sugar maple, and ash, with mountain laurel blooming between the trees in the spring. The visitor center has maps and pamphlets detailing self-guided walking tours to help you find your way.
There aren't any facilities for camping at Weir Farm National Historic Site, but nearby Fahnestock State Park Campground is a seasonal RV campground that is open from approximately April to November, depending on the campsite location. The campground has natural rock formations and plentiful tree cover, creating a tranquil and private alcove for each site. The sites have picnic tables, fire rings, and barbecue grills so you can be as private as you want, and a beach and picnic area where you can get out and mingle with other campers.
You can also park your Wilton motorhome rental at Cozy Hills Campground. This cultivated Bantam RV campground has lots for you to see and do. There is a swimming pool, a basketball court and horseshoe pitch, an exclusive fishing and boating pond, an arcade, and much more. The campground managers host weekly social activities for everyone to join in, such as bingo, arts and crafts activities, and themed events. Campsites can be rented by the day, week, or month, and there are cabins available for rent should you have unexpected company.
Stamford is a large city; in fact, it's one of the largest cities in the state, and it has a long list of attractions such as the Ukrainian Museum and Library (one of several libraries) and a theater and arboretum. There are breweries, art galleries, and several landmark churches that have to be seen to be appreciated. Stamford's restaurant scene is just as impressive, ranging from inexpensive family fare to fine dining and everything in between. If you want to continue the natural experience, grab some takeout and head back to your camper rental to dine out under the stars.
Bridgeport is a historic city and seaport, as well as being one of the largest cities in both Connecticut and New England. It also has a long list of attractions, from landmarks such as Webster Bank Arena and Fayerweather Island Light (a lighthouse) to museums, theaters, and urban parks. Seafood is a specialty here, and you will find numerous Italian, Spanish, and Mediterranean restaurants.