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Weir Farm – “The Land of Nod”

Weir Farm National Historical Park is Connecticut’s first national park unit and one of the few surviving landscapes seen in iconic paintings at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and other world-class institutions.  It was the home of Julian Alden Weir (1852-1919), a leader of American Impressionist painting.  The property so inspired Weir and his artist friends that they referred to it as “The Land of Nod,” a reference to a place located on the East of Eden as referred to in the book of Genesis.

The photographs present Weir Farm’s Burlingham, Weir, and Woodland/Pond areas, which provide a variety of artistically distinctive features such as historic gardens and orchards, ornamental fixtures, and gentle trails into meadows, woods, marshes, and Weir Pond.  A visit is the closest to experiencing what it was like to live and work as an important artist at that time in America’s history.  Indeed, the park attracts present-day painters, photographers, and writers while its Artist-in-Residence program develops new talent from around the world.

In 2020, the U.S. Mint’s America the Beautiful quarter series issued a special collectible coin to enshrine Weir Farm as one of the nation’s “hallowed sites.”  The design on the quarter’s reverse was intended to capture “the breathtaking beauty of America’s natural landscapes that have inspired countless poets, adventurers, and artists.”

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