The White Barn
The White Barn Theatre estate historically has been known as the Fairweather estate (click here to see area map).
An idyllic setting, it contains a pond fed by Stony Brook, which provides natural habitat and important breeding ground for wild fowl including wood duck, bufflehead, blue heron, owls, great heron, black duck, mallards and black-capped night heron.
The meadow and wetland are crowned by majestic spruce, pine, hemlock and mature deciduous trees including beech, oak and maple. This property is home to wild turkey, white tail deer, wood peckers-from pileated to downy- and many other animals.
Gracing the banks of the pond is a lovely stone wishing well and rustic wooden bridge that crosses over Stony Brook. The are several vintage buildings on the grounds, including The White Barn Theatre, Ms. Lortel's summer home and a cottage.
The entire estate is surrounded by classic Connecticut stone walls. The estate was purchased in the 1940's by Louis Schweitzer for his actress wife, Lucille Lortel who cherished its pristine beauty until her death in 1999 at age 99.
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