Antique homes in Connecticut are in no short supply, but having a home with some discoverable history is, for lack of a better phrase, down right cool. Presently, Wilton, CT is a sought after commuter town servicing New York, Stamford, and Norwalk - to name a few. The area, however, has some rich history which makes owning an older home a truly incredible experience.
Wedged between Route 7 (Danbury Road) and Route 33 (Ridgefield Road), on the border of Wilton and Ridgefield, lies Weir Farm National Historic Park. This farm, which acted as a retreat for Julian Alden Weir (hence the name), is one of New England’s few national historic parks. The National Parks Service has this to say on the origin of Weir farm:
Weir Farm National Historic Site was home to three generations of American artists. Julian Alden Weir, a leading figure in American art and the development of American Impressionism, acquired the farm in 1882. After Weir, the artistic legacy was continued by his daughter, painter Dorothy Weir Young and her husband, sculptor Mahonri Young, followed by New England painters Sperry and Doris Andrews. Today, the 60-acre farm, which includes the Weir House, Weir and Young Studios, barns, gardens, and Weir Pond, is one of the nation’s finest remaining landscapes of American art.
Wilton is home to many great antique homes, and the historic landscape, which can still be found at Weir Farm and surrounding areas, was an inspiration to those who moved into this area. Now just an hour train ride from Manhattan, another area rich with history, Wilton provides its residents with the best of both world - city access with a rural feel. Its a great place for tired suburbanites who are looking for a change and a home with some character that spans generation.
If you are looking for a home built in the Weir Farm era, look no further. Here are some antiques built before 1882, that are currently on the market. Or, for all homes currently listed in Greater Fairfield County, please visit us at www.josephmccue.com.