Weir’s Windham home was one of the artist’s three primary residences, two in rural Connecticut and one in New York City, that formed, along with his European travels, the foundation of his personal life and professional career. These places were also his artistic inspiration and muse. 


J. Alden Weir’s Branchville Studio
Weir Farm National Historic Site, Wilton, CT
June, 2014

Weir's two Connecticut farms were located one hundred miles apart at opposite ends of the state — one in the western edge, the other in the eastern corner. Weir's relationship to these two Connecticut properties began in the same year, 1882, and lasted until his death in 1919. Weir purchased his one hundred and fifty-three acre farm in Branchville from the collector Erwin Davis, reportedly at a bargain price. Weir's Branchville home and studio have been beautifully preserved as the only national historic park in Connecticut and the only national historic park commemorating a painter. Weir’s Windham home is privately owned and looks much the same today as it did in Weir’s time.
Baker/Weir House

The Baker/Weir House
Windham Center, Connecticut
October 2011

Weir’s associations with Windham began when he became engaged to Anna Dwight Baker whose family owned a large home and property in Windham Center. The Bakers often summered in Windham after wintering in New York City. Weir visited Windham for the first time between May 5th and May 10th, 1882 to visit Baker. Julian and Anna met in January of 1882 when she attended, at the behest of a friend, one of his drawing classes at his sixth floor studio in New York City. Weir and Baker fell in love instantly, and three weeks later they were engaged. From the beginning Weir's profound love for Anna and his deep love of nature became intertwined with the beauty of the Windham landscape. Weir was "charmed" by the "little village of Windham." 1 He treasured Windham's beautiful rolling hills and the ancient trees that to him were "fine old relics of the past." 2 He marveled at the beautifully formed shadows created by moonlight cast over pine and cypress trees. Thus began a thirty-seven year relationship with this less-traveled, rural slice of eastern Connecticut. 
Anna & J. Alden Weir

Anna Dwight Baker and J. Alden Weir, c. 1882-83
photo courtesy National Park Service
Weir Farm National Historic Site, Wilton, CT