Front of the Baker/Weir House, c. 1880
Photo courtesy National Park Service, Weir Farm National Historic Site
Anna and Ella Baker’s paternal grandmother, Eliza Taintor, was born in Windham where her father was a successful merchant. Their paternal grandfather, Colonel Rufus Lathrop Baker, was born in Brooklyn, Connecticut, then part of Windham County, in 1790. After their marriage in 1818, Eliza Taintor and Colonel Rufus Lathrop Baker settled in the home that would later become central to J. Alden Weir’s life and art. The Taintor family house was built around 1750. It was originally located near the road, but in 1840, using teams of oxen and local human effort to assist, Colonel Rufus Lathrop Baker moved the house up the hill to its present location. This spot not only gave the architecture a new visual grandeur and importance, but also provided a stage for numerous pleasing views of the surrounding area.
Chester Harding, Portrait of Anna Bartlett Dwight (Baker), c. 1850
Robert Walter Weir, Portrait of Charles Taintor Baker, c. 1851
Front of the Baker/Weir House, October 2011