Does your group enjoy and appreciate arts and crafts...then this is the tour for you.
Weir Farm National Historic Site located on the Ridgefield and Wilton line is the perfect place to begin your art tour because this is the only National Park dedicated to impressionist art. Once, the home and workplace of J. Alden Weir, this park is considered to be the best preserved landscape associated with American Impressionism. www.nps.gov/wefa/index.htm
A very unique and worthwhile museum is the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art in Ridgefield. Drive down Ridgefield's scenic Main Street to this fine facility where your group will have the opportunity to have a guide led tour of the current exhibits. It promises to be a thought provoking and uplifting experience. Plan to spend an hour. www.aldrichart.org
Next stop is the Keeler Tavern Museum, located minutes away from the Aldrich Museum. Costumed docents will escort you through this historic gem that reflects life in rural 18th - mid. 20th century Connecticut. This house was once owned by architect Cass Gilbert. Don't miss a photo opportunity next to the British cannonball embedded on a post since 1777. Collections here run the gamut from artwork and costumes to documents and furnishings. Plan to spend an hour. Lunch can also be arranged by advance reservation in the historic Garden House on the grounds built by Cass Gilbert in 1915. http://keelertavernmuseum.org
Have lunch at Keeler Tavern or a restaurant along the way to CT's antiques capital, Woodbury. Plan to spend an hour and 15 minutes at lunch.
Arrive at Woodbury Pewter Outlet. A visit here includes a tour of the pewter museum, a short film on how to make a pewter teapot, a live pewter making demonstration plus a gift shop with many items at factory outlet prices. Time here is about an hour. www.woodburypewter.com
Finish your day at the Mattatuck Museum in Waterbury that showcases Connecticut art and regional history. American giants such as Church, Kensett, Calder and Sage are all on display here. There are many changing exhibits and a fascinating button collection of 3000 plus buttons. www.mattatuckmuseum.org
It's now time to check into your hotel in Litchfield Hills, head home or drive on to your next location. Don't forget: we can customize any tour to your group's needs and timing. Just let us know and we will do all we can to assist.
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