Imagine the heated discussions that took place among the Weir family of artists as they walked along the hills and stone walls at Weir Farm around the turn of the century. The Impressionist movement was looming on the horizon, a revolutionary new approach to art, and J. Alden Weir, owner of the farm at Nod Hill Road, was repelled at first.
After viewing an exhibit of French Impressionists in Paris in 1877, J. Alden Weir wrote to his family, "I never in my life saw more horrible things ... They do not observe drawing nor form but give you an impression of what they call nature. It was worse than the Chamber of Horrors."