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Gari Melchers Home and Studio at Belmont

224 Washington St, Falmouth, VA 22405-2360
+1 540-654-1015
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Lovely home to tour; learned about an artist unknown to us

A lovely property to visit. Have to admit that we visited because we're interested in old homes... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Oconomowoc, Wisconsin
A really interesting place

This is a wonderful spot. The house is very well preserved and you could move right in and enjoy it... read more

Reviewed 5 weeks ago
Leigh B
Wayne, Pennsylvania
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Gari Melchers was an American artist who lived and painted at Belmont from 1916 until his death in 1932. Born in Detroit in 1860, Gari Melchers was a world famous portraitist and impressionist painter. He was headquartered in Paris, Holland, and Germany until World War I when he opened his studio in New York City and established his country home in Falmouth.In 1955, his widow, Corinne Melchers, donated the 27-acre Belmont property to the Commonwealth of Virginia to preserve and operate as an art museum and historic site. Her generous gift included the 1790s house, the artist's studio and contents, their personal furnishings, and more than 500 of Gari Melchers' paintings, the largest collection anywhere. Designated a Virginia and National Historic Landmark in 1966, Gari Melchers Home and Studio is administered by the University of Mary Washington. The buildings, gardens, and woodland trails are open to the public year round.Gari Melchers Home and Studio is one of just 30 of America's most significant artists' spaces included in the National Trust for Historic Preservation's Historic Artists' Homes and Studios consortium.Gari Melchers Home and Studio is home to the official Stafford County Visitor Center.
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224 Washington St, Falmouth, VA 22405-2360
+1 540-654-1015
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A lovely property to visit. Have to admit that we visited because we're interested in old homes, but we also enjoyed learning about the artist and seeing his work. The staff was very knowledgeable and friendly. We were glad we visited.

Thank summersailor1
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This is a wonderful spot. The house is very well preserved and you could move right in and enjoy it today. The guides were great and had some interesting stories to tell. Well worth the stop.

Thank Leigh B
Reviewed 27 April 2017

My friend and I visited this wonderful attraction. The guides were all great. The stories told are interesting. There is a building that is also an art gallery. The exhibits there are not just older work, but more modern artists, too (they even had a...More

Thank Ilene R
Reviewed 27 April 2017

Nice change from civil war historical sites. Many of his original paintings are shown here; the paintings typically are of everyday peasant activities, portraits and landscapes - Easy to appreciate and beautiful. His home is also interesting, and is decorated just as he lived there....More

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Reviewed 16 April 2017 via mobile

Amazing that one of the worlds most premier artist of his time, with a studio in NYC, ended up with a country house just across the river from Fredericksburg. Interesting house and gardens with trails in the woods. Amazing that the melchers left their property...More

Thank Heather F
Michelle D, Public Relations Manager at Gari Melchers Home and Studio at Belmont, responded to this reviewResponded 29 April 2017

Thanks so much for taking the time to write a review about your recent visit. We hope you return again soon!

Reviewed 5 April 2017

Beautiful garden with many sorts of flowers local to Virginia. The house is filled with artworks from Gary Melcher. A must see!

Thank ivosphere
Reviewed 28 March 2017

This is a "YOU CAN'T MISS THIS!" attraction! Even if you aren't that in to art - the history, beauty of the home and grounds are worth experiencing. But, if you are an artist or just an art lover (like me) you will definitely enjoy...More

Thank Pat B
Michelle D, Public Relations Manager at Gari Melchers Home and Studio at Belmont, responded to this reviewResponded 19 May 2017

Wow, thanks for the glowing review! We hope you'll visit again soon.

Reviewed 19 February 2017

aside from his realist/impressionist style Gari Melchers was a force in American art including his participation as an art leader in the US and helping the Smithsonian land some great collections - I loathe anything historical but was fascinated by the life of Gari and...More

Thank Karen J
Reviewed 17 December 2016

Well worth your time to visit this gem overlooking the Rappahanock River. A very interesting story to be learned. Beautiful paintings in the gallery and wonderful grounds. This is is a true "find". The house tour is terrific as well.

Thank USMCMac
Reviewed 18 November 2016

Our initial reason for visiting Belmont was to tour a historic home. Quite frankly, we knew nothing of Gari Melchers or his art. We were able to spend a lovely autumn afternoon on premises. A 15-minute movie in the admission/ gift shop building gives a...More

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Is the home and studio in historic Fredericksburg old town? Is it feasible to have a group tour of Gari Melchers home and a tour of Kenmore Mansion in the same day? I would be bringing a seniors' group tour from St. Mary's MD and would need to leave Fredericksburg by 3:15 p.m. to avoid the Nice Bridge traffic.
8 April 2016|
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Response from VirginiaVille | Reviewed this property |
I concur that it is fine to do both in the same day, though I'd also agree that you don't want to shortchange your experience at Belmont. I brought a group of seniors to Belmont, so here are a couple things you might find... More