Weir Farm National Historic Site Increases Hours, Reopens More Areas for Public Access

The following is a press release from National Park Officials.

Following guidance from the White House, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and state and local public health authorities, Weir Farm National Historic Site (NHS) is increasing access and services to members of the public. The National Park Service (NPS) is working service-wide with federal, state, and local public health authorities to closely monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and using a phased approach to increase access on a park-by-park basis. 

Beginning Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020 Weir Farm NHS will increase access as follows: 

• Visitor parking lot, park grounds and trails open daily, sunrise to sunset 

• Portable restrooms available from 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Monday to Friday 

• Handwashing available daily sunrise to sunset 

• The Weir Barn outdoor exhibits open daily from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 

• Outdoor Visitor Center staffed by Park Rangers 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday to Friday on Visitor Center porch 

• Resources are available on the visitor center porch for self-guided visits, maps, self-guided tours, Junior Ranger activities, and the National Park Passport Stamp 

• Virtual tours, videos, galleries, and more are available on the park website 

• Short visits are encouraged so that as many visitors as possible can enjoy the park, get outdoors, and recreate responsibly. Parking is limited and groups in 3 or more cars requires a reservation. Small group visits (up to 10 people) permitted by reservation–call 203.834.1896, ext. 11. 

With public health in mind, the following facilities remain closed: 

• Restrooms remain closed on weekends – please plan accordingly 

• No drinking water available – please plan accordingly 

• Burlingham House Visitor Center – closed for construction 

• Historic Weir House, Weir Studio, and Young Studio 

• Portrait photography is not permitted at this time 

Weir Farm officials stated, “The health and safety of our visitors, employees, volunteers, and partners continue to be paramount. At Weir Farm NHS, our operational approach continues to be centered on examining each facility function and service to ensure those operations comply with current public health guidance and are regularly monitored. We continue to work closely with the NPS Office of Public Health using CDC guidance to ensure public areas and workspaces are safe and clean. 

 

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