The Weston Historical Society located on The Coley Homestead, at 104 Weston Road. has installed a new sculpture garden featuring the artwork by the late Weston philanthropist, Daniel E. Offutt, III. The sculpture garden has been funded by a $10,000 grant from the Daniel E. Offutt, III Charitable Trust and features five sculptures created by the late Weston philanthropist, Daniel E. Offutt, III.
The five whimsical sculptures were created by Offutt at his Weston studio and were displayed at his former home on Kettle Creek Road in Weston. Constructed out of recycled metal, the sculptures speak to Offutt’s creativity and ingenuity. A sixth sculpture, featuring a colorful rendition of an antique train engine, was presented to the historical society in 2019 by the Daniel E. Offutt, III Charitable Trust. It is mounted on the outside of the Coley Barn and highlights the feeling of a rural landscape which the Coley Homestead preserves.
Dick Orenstein, Trustee of the Daniel E. Offutt, III Charitable Trust, remembers his friend, “Daniel would have described himself as a ‘farmer,’ but he was much more than that. Those who knew him would remember him as a tennis player, traveler, sailor, metal sculptor, woodworker, fixer of anything, collector of everything, lover of projects, stock market investor, and a good friend.”
Leigh Meccay, president of the historical society, said, “We hope that the community enjoys visiting the Weston Historical Society property and appreciates the creativity of Dan Offutt as demonstrated through his imaginative sculptures.”
The public is invited to view the Daniel E. Offutt, III Sculpture Garden and the Society’s award-winning outdoor signage that provides a historic interpretation of the Coley Homestead. The grounds are open seven days a week, from dawn until dusk. Leashed dogs are allowed on the property. The public is asked to abide by CDC social distancing guidelines when visiting the property.