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Gari Melchers Home and Studio at Belmont

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Address: 224 Washington St, Falmouth, Fredericksburg, VA 22405
Phone Number: +1 540-654-1015
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Description: Gari Melchers was an American artist who lived and painted at Belmont from...
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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What a treasure!

For the admission price of $10 you can enjoy a beautiful house tour filled with antiques and paintings, the art studio, and lovely grounds. Had I worn better shoes we would have... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 3, 2015
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Fredericksburg, VA
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Fredericksburg, VA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

For the admission price of $10 you can enjoy a beautiful house tour filled with antiques and paintings, the art studio, and lovely grounds. Had I worn better shoes we would have ventured on the trails that hopefully end at the Rappahannock River. Our docent was still charmed by the house and paintings ever after 24 years of tours. The... More 

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Pataskala, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

This is fascinating, educational and a love story! The admission includes the beautiful house museum tour filled with priceless antiques & original works of art, Gari Melchers studio and large collection of his work and gardens.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Wonderful museum and gift shop. On the day we visited, there were Master Gardeners working in the surrounding lawns. Saw a Hummingbird Moth for the first time, all the flowers draw in the birds. Had a great time and plan on visiting again. Loved just browsing at our own pace.

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Fredericksburg, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Built on a hill to catch the breeze from the river. Went on a hot day and was not bothered by the heat. Had a tour of the property. The guide was able to connect the Melchers past to today. Although I enjoyed the house, artwork and metal railing stories, it never ceases to amaze me how people in the... More 

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Stafford
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

I am not one to visit art galleries but Gari Melchers Home and Studio at Belmont was wonderful. I learned a lot about Melchers and his art. The home and studio are warm and inviting. Looks as if they just walked out the door. The art work is stunning and the decor in the home is just amazing. Each of... More 

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seattle WA
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35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

This was a jewel about which we knew barely anything but which was most enjoyable. Close to town, it’s easy to reach by car (don’t know if shuttles are available). The studio is wonderful with a huge, multi-pane window facing the north, and lots of paintings and articles placed around the room. It felt like there were a myriad of... More 

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Panama City, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

Really enjoyed the visit! Excellent grounds, the architecture and craftmanship in the home and studio are noteworthy, but the best is the display of artwork not only of Mr. Melcher and others is beyond compare except at a few museums. A well worth visit for anyone interested in both history, art, architecture and gorgeous yard work.

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Seaford
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

Gari Melchers was, in his time, a renowned, award-winning artist. Now, he seems forgotten. However, his wife left his estate -- which is composed of his studio, his house, and other building, all located and a large and lovely piece of property -- to the state of Virginia. The University of Mary Washington attends to the estate. The docents here... More 

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Charleston, South Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

If you're traveling near or through Fredericksburg and want a break from travel (as we did) or are simply looking for a place to enjoy and be inspired, consider the Gari Melching Estate. This talented artist (and his wife) have given us a place to get a glimpse of what it was like to be a SUCCESSFUL and well known... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

The house & gardens are easily accessible & well maintained. What really impressed us was the gallery of his work, the professional rotation of inventory & ongoing historic preservation of his work. Knowledgeable docents wander through the gallery offering information and answering questions. Truly a wonderful time for families.

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Additional Information about Gari Melchers Home and Studio at Belmont

Address: Address: 224 Washington St, Falmouth, Fredericksburg, VA 22405
Phone Number: +1 540-654-1015
Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Fredericksburg
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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